Misum PhD Thesis Proposal
Welcome to Enrico Fontana TP presentation! September 21, Room Gunnar, 10.15 - 12.00
2016-09-21 at 10:15
The title of Enrico Fontana doctoral thesis proposal is: "CSR in RMG Supply Chains: Corporate Embeddedness and Motivation".
Today more than ever companies are accused of social irresponsibility. On one hand, they are blamed by public opinion for failing to meet their social stakeholders’ claims as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR), including ignoring the dangerous conditions that plague their supply chains. On the other hand, they are accused by scholars of failing to consider the strategic advantages of stakeholders’ engagement, theorized as vehicle for mutual growth through instrumental and normative yields. Pursuant to the Granovetterian concept of Embeddedness in Network Theory, companies are integrated in abstract networks of ties that impact their decision-making, shaped by the diffusion of social norms. Whereas business ethics scholars long argued about the existence of different inherent motivations driving CSR, Embeddedness as sociological concept gravitated around the role of social context as antecedent for corporate behaviour, leading to a lack of scrutiny of corporate motivation in both Organization Theory and practice. Enrico Fontana's TP argues that social stakeholder engagement as part of CSR is consequential to both social and cognitive dimensions, namely, the embedded context of social ties and corporate motivation. While attempting to untangle the overarching and yet daunting question of “what drives corporate socially responsible and irresponsible behaviour", this endeavour aims to contribute to Business Ethics scholarship by capitalizing on (1) the sociological discourse of Embeddedness in Network Theory and (2) corporate motivation. To allow for external validity, both buyer and supplier companies in the empirical Ready Made Garment (RMG) supply chain setting are comparatively considered across different geographical contexts (i.e.: Sweden, Japan, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka)."