The Chief Executive Officer and corporate social performance: An interdisciplinary examination
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- Thomas, A.S. & Simerly, R.L. J Bus Ethics (1994) 13: 959. doi:10.1007/BF00881665
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This paper attempts to cross the disciplinary boundaries of strategic management and social issues management to demonstrate the relationship between managerial characteristics and corporate social performance (CSP). Drawing on studies in strategic leadership research we develop and test hypotheses about linkages between top management attributes and different levels of CSP. Our results add credence to the argument that organizations are a reflection of their top managers, and encourage further systematic research of the influence of key executives in developing and implementing socially responsible policies and programs.