Research Handbook of Responsible Management
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Research Handbook of Responsible Management

Edited by Oliver Laasch, Roy Suddaby, R. E. Freeman and Dima Jamali

Outlining origins of the field and latest research trends, this Research Handbook offers a unique and cutting-edge take on the numerous avenues to responsible management in the 21st century. Renowned contributors present iconic viewpoints that have formed the foundation of responsible management research, introducing cutting-edge conceptual lenses for the study of the responsible management process.
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Chapter 5: From managerial responsibility to CSR and back to responsible management

Archie B. Carroll and Oliver Laasch

Abstract

Archie Carroll is arguably one of the most iconic pioneers of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) discussion. Here, Archie connects CSR’s organizational level conceptualization back to its roots in the individual-level study of managerial responsibility. He explains how the discussion of responsibility had moved from the discussion of individual managerial responsibility, to organizational responsibility in the form of CSR, and is now moving back to the individual level discussion of responsible management. This most recent move implies a shift from an organizational-level discussion of CSR to an individual-level discussion of responsible management. Archie then defends the business case for responsibility as equally important on the individual level, while admitting that also paradoxes and tensions play a vital role in responsible management. Archie furthermore stresses the Value-Balance-Accountability (VBA) framework as a core conceptualization that connects responsible management to the larger business and society field. He illustrates how VBA can be translated from its typical application on the organizational level, to an individual-level analysis of responsible management research. We discuss the shift from CSR to responsible management, as a necessary oscillation of the study of responsibility between individual level, which accounts for the intimate entanglement of the manager and her corporation: From managerial responsibility to CSR and back to responsible management.

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