Session Details: Session 1110

Social Issues in International Business

Track G

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Time: 11:15 – 12:30


Room: Salon 23

Session Chair:
Timothy Devinney, University of Leeds

Title: Contextualizing CSP Strategy: To Adopt, Adapt or Integrate International CSR Practices


  • Patrick Reinmoeller, Cranfield University

Abstract: Students and practitioners of corporations’ social responsibility (CSR) often do not pay attention to the influence of country context on their measures. Focusing on measures of CSP in the US and China this paper develops a managerial framework that helps to understand the limits of current CSP conceptualization in international competition. Taking a managerial perspective, this paper develops guidelines for how business leaders can choose between strategic options, i.e. adoption, adaptation or integration, to achieve higher CSP internationally.

Title: Knowledge Uncertainty: Developing the Capacity of Organisations to Cope with the Threat of Global Terrorism


  • Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor, University of Warwick
  • David Wilson, University of Warwick

Abstract: This paper examines the perceived threats from terrorist activities in six service organizations. Such an attack would constitute a rare event, but one which is not outside the bounds of possibility for many organizations. It examines how managers in organizations which are
particularly exposed to the threats of terrorism deal with uncertainty where probabilities are impossible or difficult to define and examines how they face the challenge of interpreting and learning from these experiences (Doz, 1996, Larsson et. al., 1998). Utilizing Weick’s (1979;
1995) concepts of enactment and sensemaking, the paper argues that what really matters is how managers in organizations perceive (and frame) their environment with limited knowledge (and act upon such perceptions). Weick argues that perceptions are selective, with some factors
given prominence and others filtered out. Is this the case with extreme and rare events such as terrorist attacks?

Title: The Future of Sustainability Reporting


  • Graham Hubbard, University of Adelaide

Abstract: Non-financial reporting of the performance of organizations – which is becoming known as corporate responsibility reporting or sustainability reporting – has changed rapidly over time. There is a pressing need for a reporting framework and measures that adequately, accurately and transparently assesses these issues, so that strategists can assess organizational performance in a more contemporary manner. Yet limited light has actually been cast on organizational performance, which is central to the field of strategy formulation and implementation. This paper suggests how the field of sustainability reporting is likely to develop in the immediate future, such that useful sustainability reports are developed. These reports will change the way strategists assess organizational performance in the future.

Title: The Innovation Paradox


  • Richard Franke, Loyola College-Maryland
  • Roger Kashlak, Loyola University Maryland
  • Steven Prumo, University of Maryland Medical System
  • Gerald Barrett, Barrett & Associates Inc

Abstract: A syndrome of culture and innovation (Shane, 1992) is not supported by work of Hofstede, Bond, and Franke. It had no impact during the old bureaucratic economic era of 1950-80 or the new strategic era since 1990. Only during transition in the 1980s did it function. We seek to explain the paradox: What social and business conditions rendered individualism, non-authoritarianism, and non-rigidity as adverse growth factors? Why did lower achievement motivation and higher bureaucratic long term orientation lead to higher inventiveness as measured by Shane? Why is higher inventiveness not related to subsequent economic growth during the 1990s and 2000-2005? Analyses of G7 and OECD members support a new strategic era of innovation over 1990-2005, where childhood and adult culture linked to inventive/innovative behavior (beyond Shane’s patent measures) do explain economic performance differences.

All Sessions in Track G...

Sun: 10:00 – 11:30
Session 1503: Explaining Knowledge Flows within the MNC: Organizational vs. Individual-Level Perspectives
Sun: 13:00 – 14:30
Session 1603: Internationalization among Financial Service Firms
Sun: 15:00 – 16:30
Session 1703: Exploring the Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility
Mon: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 1010: Internationalization Strategy
Mon: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 1002: Competing in a Global Economy
Mon: 17:00 – 18:15
Session 1000: Knowledge Flows in MNCs
Session 1005: Emerging Markets
Tue: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 1003: International Knowledge Diffusion
Session 1110: Social Issues in International Business
Tue: 14:30 – 15:45
Session 1001: MNC Structure
Session 1009: Under Assault: How Companies Can Fight Organized Crime
Wed: 10:00 – 11:15
Session 1004: Foreign Entry Modes
Wed: 11:30 – 12:45
Session 1008: The Impact of Climate Change: Lessons from the Field
Session 1084: Internationalization of Research and Development (R&D)

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