Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 37, Issue 6, pp 850–862

Being good while being bad: social responsibility and the international diversification of US firms


DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400226

Cite this article as:
Strike, V., Gao, J. & Bansal, P. J Int Bus Stud (2006) 37: 850. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400226


This paper contributes to the discussion on international diversification and corporate social responsibility (CSR) by suggesting that firms can be simultaneously socially responsible and socially irresponsible. To test our assertions, we analyze data from 222 publicly traded US firms from 1993 to 2003. The findings support our hypotheses, and have significant implications for the way in which we conceptualize CSR.


corporate social responsibility corporate social irresponsibility multinational corporations international diversification time series cross-sectional analysis 

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© Academy of International Business 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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