Corporate social responsibility: multilevel foundations towards a new holistic framework of CSR and a new concept of economic value


Gandolfo Dominici (University of Palermo and Business Systems Laboratory, Italy)


Paper session

Call for Papers

The actual body of knowledge about CSR considers it at 3 different levels: Institutional, Organizational and Individual [Aguinis & Glavas, 2012 JOM, 38(4): 932-968)] These different systemic levels call for an holistic view allowing to integrate these different perspectives in an organic framework .
The aim of the symposium is to point out and incorporate the different levels of CSR and to  shed the light on the systemic relationships linking the firm and its context towards a new, different and wider definition of CSR. This new approach may bring to a new and wider concept of value creation overcoming the limits of the classical economic theory based on financial capital and profit that are at the basis of the actual economic and social world crisis.

Participants to the symposium will share their views and experiences. The aim is to build a systemic and multilevel framework useful to better understand if, and how, Corporate Social Responsibility has gone beyond the old conceptions of economic value and can assume a key role to reshape the foundations of the XXI century economy.
After the symposium, the knowledge shared with presentations may bring to further reflections and to meetings aiming to develop a conceptual work in order to create a unified framework of CSR that could become a joint publication and/or the
beginning of  joint projects.
Ultimately CSR research may contribute to a new way of business practice that would help us to leave the world a better place than we found it.

Target groups

This multidisciplinary symposium is open to papers regarding the development of theory and practice of CSR in modern organizations.  It calls for scholars and practitioners to contribute with theoretical and empirical papers related to a wide range of disciplines: Systems Thinking, Managerial Cybernetics, Leadership, Business Management, Marketing, Organizational behavior, Human Resource Management, Operations Sustainability, Stakeholder Management, Business Ethics.