An Institutional Evaluation of the CSR Competency Framework: Developing CSR Skills and the Role of Business Education

Dlamini, Nelisiwe (2005) An Institutional Evaluation of the CSR Competency Framework: Developing CSR Skills and the Role of Business Education. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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The UK Government has encouraged the adoption of CSR principles through various measures outlined in this paper. For organisations, the decision to adopt and implement CSR, however, presents various practical issues. As pressure from different sources mounts, organisations are turning to the market for skilled and knowledgeable people. This is, however, problematic because CSR is an emerging and dynamic field that responds to national and organisational circumstances. Historically, CSR practitioners have been drawn from various functional and professional backgrounds.

This study sought to evaluate the impact of the CSR Competency Framework on the institutional environment in the UK. It also sought to understand how the institutional environment had an impact on the development of the Framework. In addition, it considered the role of business schools in the light of criticism for promulgating theories that have led to some of the most publicised corporate scandals.

The data for this research was obtained from secondary sources and from 6 interviews with organisations that have been promoting the Framework and organisations that have attempted to adopt the Framework. Whilst the Framework generated interest in the market, [fully subscribed promotional events], it appears that its launch has led to ceremonial adoption. Only two organisations are reported to have implemented the Framework. The CSR Academy and the Competency Framework have, however played a leading role in promoting the mainstreaming agenda and have extended the institutional reach of CSR.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: CSR, Competency Framework, Institutional Evaluation, CSR
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2018 05:23

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