Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Accountancy and Law; Department of Finance and Decision Sciences

Abstract

The importance imposed on corporate social responsibility (CSR) is greater in developed economies than in emerging markets. The pressures from various stakeholder groups on the CSR are expected to have substantial spillover impact on companies domiciled in emerging economies that obtain revenues from companies in developed economies. Based on the data from 1,330 listed companies in China, the largest emerging economy in the world, this study provides evidence that the CSR performance of China firms is positively related to the degree of their internationalization, and such a positive association is less pronounced for state-owned enterprises. Our findings support the hypothesis that internationalized companies in emerging economies are motivated to improve their CSR practices to address concerns from their importers or outsourcers in developed economies.

Publication Year

2015

Journal Title

Journal of Business Ethics

Volume number

130

Issue number

4

Publisher

Springer Verlag

First Page (page number)

805

Last Page (page number)

817

Referreed

1

Funder

Tan gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Strategic Development Fund of the Hong Kong Baptist University, while Kong gratefully acknowledges funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project No.: 71173078; 71372130).

DOI

10.1007/s10551-014-2268-7

ISSN (print)

01674544

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-014-2268-7

Copyright

The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-014-2268-7

Keywords

Corporate social responsibility, International diversification, State-owned enterprises, China

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