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To what extent is business and society literature idealistic?

Nikolay Dentchev UGent (2009) BUSINESS & SOCIETY. 48(1). p.10-38
abstract
The purpose of this article is to investigate to what extent is business and society literature idealistic as it advocates the adoption of high moral norms for business performance. The author discusses the central theses of mainstream themes in this literature-corporate social responsibility, corporate social responsiveness, social issues, corporate social performance, stakeholder management, corporate citizenship, business ethics, sustainable development, and corporate sustainability-and evaluates their descriptive accuracy, normative validity, and instrumental power. Poor description of reality, underdeveloped business logic, and questionable prescriptions are indicative of the idealism of these themes. This study reveals many realistic and achievable propositions, which dilute the concern that business and society literature is idealistic. However, three elements in the field-its (rhetorical) criticism of corporate conduct, the predominantly normative notions of its concepts, and its underdeveloped instrumental ideas-underline its idealistic orientation.
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journalArticle (review)
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keyword
CORPORATE SOCIAL PERFORMANCE, STAKEHOLDER THEORY, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY, RESPONSIBILITY, ETHICS, theory building, idealism, corporate social performance, corporate social responsibility, business and society, COMPANIES, MANAGEMENT, ORGANIZATIONS, MODEL
journal title
BUSINESS & SOCIETY
Bus. Soc.
volume
48
issue
1
pages
10 - 38
Web of Science type
Review
Web of Science id
000273422600003
ISSN
0007-6503
DOI
10.1177/0007650307299222
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
id
665377
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-665377
date created
2009-05-26 00:02:14
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2015-06-17 11:12:42
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this article is to investigate to what extent is business and society literature idealistic as it advocates the adoption of high moral norms for business performance. The author discusses the central theses of mainstream themes in this literature-corporate social responsibility, corporate social responsiveness, social issues, corporate social performance, stakeholder management, corporate citizenship, business ethics, sustainable development, and corporate sustainability-and evaluates their descriptive accuracy, normative validity, and instrumental power. Poor description of reality, underdeveloped business logic, and questionable prescriptions are indicative of the idealism of these themes. This study reveals many realistic and achievable propositions, which dilute the concern that business and society literature is idealistic. However, three elements in the field-its (rhetorical) criticism of corporate conduct, the predominantly normative notions of its concepts, and its underdeveloped instrumental ideas-underline its idealistic orientation.},
  author       = {Dentchev, Nikolay},
  issn         = {0007-6503},
  journal      = {BUSINESS \& SOCIETY},
  keyword      = {CORPORATE SOCIAL PERFORMANCE,STAKEHOLDER THEORY,SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT,ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY,RESPONSIBILITY,ETHICS,theory building,idealism,corporate social performance,corporate social responsibility,business and society,COMPANIES,MANAGEMENT,ORGANIZATIONS,MODEL},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {10--38},
  title        = {To what extent is business and society literature idealistic?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0007650307299222},
  volume       = {48},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
Dentchev, Nikolay. 2009. “To What Extent Is Business and Society Literature Idealistic?” Business & Society 48 (1): 10–38.
APA
Dentchev, N. (2009). To what extent is business and society literature idealistic? BUSINESS & SOCIETY, 48(1), 10–38.
Vancouver
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Dentchev N. To what extent is business and society literature idealistic? BUSINESS & SOCIETY. 2009;48(1):10–38.
MLA
Dentchev, Nikolay. “To What Extent Is Business and Society Literature Idealistic?” BUSINESS & SOCIETY 48.1 (2009): 10–38. Print.