Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 90, Supplement 3, pp 429–440 | Cite as

Corporate Social Responsibility Practices in Developing and Transitional Countries: Botswana and Malawi

  • Adam Lindgreen
  • Valérie Swaen
  • Timothy T. Campbell


This research empirically investigated the CSR practices of 84 Botswana and Malawi organizations. The findings revealed that the extent and type of CSR practices in these countries did not significantly differ from that proposed by a U.S. model of CSR, nor did they significantly differ between Botswana and Malawi. There were, however, differences between the sampled organizations that clustered into a stakeholder perspective and traditional capitalist model groups. In the latter group, the board of directors, owners, and shareholders were important stakeholders that appeared to be restricting extended stakeholder CSR activities in the Malawi and Botswana organizations. The sampled managers recognized the economic benefits of CSR practices and were not at odds with social objectives.


corporate social responsibility practices stakeholders U.S. Botswana Malawi performance outcomes survey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam Lindgreen
    • 1
  • Valérie Swaen
    • 2
  • Timothy T. Campbell
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Birmingham & IESEG School of Managementc/o University of BirminghamEdgbastonU.K.
  2. 2.Louvain School of Management & IESEG School of Managementc/o Université catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource ManagementHull University Business SchoolHullU.K.

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