Social Responsibility / Philanthropy

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Exploring the relationship between religious family values and environmental CSR in family owned businesses


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Philanthropy in Family Firms: Understanding the Governance of and Motivation for Philanthropic Efforts of Family Firms

Botero, Isabel C. - University of Kentucky
Feliu, Neus - ESADE/Lansberg Gersick and Associates

Philanthropy in Family Enterprises

Family Business Review

October 26, 2015

Philanthropy in family enterprises operates at the crossroads of family, business, and society. Most of the research in this area is approached from the business or the individual level; thus, we have a fragmented understanding of philanthropy in family enterprises. This article presents a systematic review of the literature on the subject. Based on 55 sources published between 1988 and 2014, we explain the drivers of this behavior, the vehicles used to practice it, and the outcomes tied to the practice of philanthropy in family enterprises. We identify gaps in our understanding and provide ideas for future research.

Philanthropy in Family Enterprises


Understanding the Effects of the External Environment on Family Firms

Ofstein, Laurel - Western Michigan University
McIver,  Derrick - Western Michigan University
Mueller, John - Western Michigan University

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The Role of Family Capital in Impoverished Settings

Nason, Robert S. - Syracuse University
Gras, David - Syracuse University

Lumpkin,  G.T. - Syracuse University

Bric by bric: The role of the family household in sustaining a venture in impoverished Indian slums

Journal of Business Venturing

July 2015

We advance understanding of the embedded role of the family household in governing firm performance in an impoverished setting. Drawing on bricolage theory, which articulates how individuals make do with resources at hand, we suggest that family household diversity facilitates creativity while family household shared business experience facilitates routinization. While initially performance enhancing, unfettered creativity and overroutinization have detrimental effects and thus expect the highest levels of performance to occur at moderate levels of family household diversity and shared business experience. We find general support for our hypotheses using a large sample of firms and families in impoverished Indian households.

The Role of Family Capital in Impoverished Settings


A Stakeholder Identity Orientation Approach to Corporate Social Performance in Family Firms

Journal of Business Ethics

April 1, 2011

Extending the dialogue on corporate social performance (CSP) as descriptive stakeholder management (Clarkson, Acad Manage Rev 20:92, 1995), we examine differences in CSP activity between family and nonfamily firms. We argue that CSP activity can be explained by the firm's identity orientation toward stakeholders (Brickson, Admin Sci Quart 50:576, 2005; Acad Manage Rev 32:864, 2007). Specifically, individualistic, relational, or collectivistic identity orientations can describe a firm's level of CSP activity toward certain stakeholders. Family firms, we suggest, adopt a more relational orientation toward their stakeholders than nonfamily firms, and thus engage in higher levels of CSP. Further, we invoke collectivistic identity orientation to argue that the higher the level of family or founder involvement within a family firm, the greater the level of CSP toward specific stakeholders. Using social performance rating data from 1991 to 2005, we find that family and nonfamily firms demonstrate notable differences in terms of social initiatives and social concerns. We also find that the level of family and founder involvement is related to the type and frequency of a family firm's social initiatives and social concerns.

A Stakeholder Identity Orientation Approach to Corporate Social Performance in Family Firms


The Evolution of Social Responsibility in Family-Owned Firms

Dyer, W. Gibb - Brigham Young University

Family Firms and Social Responsibility: Preliminary Evidence from the S&P 500

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

November 1, 2006

Little is known about the impact of family ownership and management on corporate social performance. Some scholars have suggested that family firms are not likely to act in a socially responsible manner, while others have indicated that socially responsible behavior on the part of the family firm protects the family's assets. This preliminary study compares the degree to which family and nonfamily firms are socially responsible using data from 1991 to 2000 from the S&P 500. Two hundred sixty–one firms (202 nonfamily and 59 family) appeared in the S&P 500 for the 10–year period. Findings show that family firms are more socially responsible than nonfamily firms along several dimensions. This is likely due to family concern about image and reputation and a desire to protect family assets.

The Evolution of Social Responsibility in Family-Owned Firms

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