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Over the last four decades Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has acquired distinctive organizational status and become the subject of an increasing number of social and environmental policies. This development has been reflected by an outpouring of literature that focuses on CSR and constitutes a distinct area of business education and research.

This major work carefully and constructively brings together seminal articles to provide a comprehensive overview of the burgeoning, interdisciplinary, and international scholarly writing in the field.

Papers will cover the following areas:

Volume I: Theories and Concepts of CSR – providing a comprehensive grounding in the conceptual and normative CSR literature

Volume II: Managing and Implementing CSR – providing a thorough overview of CSR as a practical phenomenon

Volume III: CSR in Global Context – providing an integrated international perspective on CSR theory and practice

Editors' Introduction: Corporate Social Responsibility as a Field of Scholarship

AndrewCrane and DirkMatten

Introduction

Most of us live in a highly corporatized world. From where we work, to where and how we shop, to how we eat, play, exercise or relax – and even increasingly to how we are educated, made healthy, or eventually buried or cremated – much of our life revolves around interactions with private corporations.

This is a growing phenomenon. Corporations now are involved in many of the activities that we might once have expected to be die preserve of governments and die public sector, including utilities, social services, and even national security. On the one side, critics complain that corporations are exploiting consumers, contributing to global warming, disregarding workers' rights, and a whole host ...

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