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Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1821; doi:10.3390/su9101821

Corporate Social Responsibility Drivers and Barriers According to Managers’ Perception; Evidence from Spanish Firms

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Department of Economics and Management, University of Zaragoza, 50005 Saragossa, Spain
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Department of Economics History and Structure and Public Economy, University of Zaragoza, 50005 Saragossa, Spain
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Received: 17 August 2017 / Revised: 26 September 2017 / Accepted: 27 September 2017 / Published: 11 October 2017
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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is becoming a dominant issue in both research and practice of management. However, the underlying processes in the relationship between the degree of development of CSR in companies and the drivers/barriers that determine this development are still at the center of an intense debate. The purpose of this empirical study is to examine these relationships. We investigate a sample of 416 Spanish firms; based on a multifactorial framework, our study considers both the subjective and objective drivers/barriers, analyzing their joint effect on the final degree of sustainability. A structural equation model is established and a Bayesian approach is used, enabling exact inferences about the model’s parameters and handling missing data with random imputation, thus increasing the study’s reliability. The results show that this degree is related to what managers believe CSR to be (subjective drivers/barriers) and what managers expect it to accomplish or outcomes (objective drivers/barriers). View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; corporate social responsibility; stakeholder engagement; outcomes; structural equations sustainability; corporate social responsibility; stakeholder engagement; outcomes; structural equations
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Agudo-Valiente, J.M.; Garcés-Ayerbe, C.; Salvador-Figueras, M. Corporate Social Responsibility Drivers and Barriers According to Managers’ Perception; Evidence from Spanish Firms. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1821.

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