Management International Review

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 379–398 | Cite as

Attitudes toward Corporate Responsibilities in Western Europe and in Central and East Europe

  • Olivier FurrerEmail author
  • Carolyn P. Egri
  • David A. Ralston
  • Wade M. Danis
  • Emmanuelle Reynaud
  • Irina Naoumova
  • Mario Molteni
  • Arunas Starkus
  • Fidel León Darder
  • Marina Dabic
  • Amandine Furrer-Perrinjaquet
Research Article


  • This study investigated the attitudes toward social, economic, and environmental corporate responsibilities of 3064 current managers and business students in 8 European countries.

  • Participants in Western European countries had significantly different perspectives on the importance of these corporate responsibilities (CR) than those in Central and East European countries. Within each country, environmental CR is perceived as most important in both CEE and Western European countries. Across countries, Western European respondents accord more importance to social CR and less importance to economic CR. CEE countries are not homogenous, e.g., CR attitudes in the Czech Republic are closer to that of Western Europeans, possibly triggered by the accession to EU.

  • Work experience (managers vs. business students) influences social and environmental orientations more than the economic orientation for only some countries. Generational differences were found as well: Business students attribute more importance to environmental CR and less importance to social CR than managers.


Corporate social responsibilities Europe CEE Social responsibility Economic responsibility Environmental responsibility Institutions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olivier Furrer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carolyn P. Egri
    • 2
  • David A. Ralston
    • 3
  • Wade M. Danis
    • 4
  • Emmanuelle Reynaud
    • 5
  • Irina Naoumova
    • 6
  • Mario Molteni
    • 7
  • Arunas Starkus
    • 8
  • Fidel León Darder
    • 9
  • Marina Dabic
    • 10
  • Amandine Furrer-Perrinjaquet
    • 11
  1. 1.Institute for Management ResearchRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Business AdministrationSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  3. 3.Price College of BusinessUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  4. 4.Institute of International BusinessGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  5. 5.IAE Aix-en-ProvenceUniversité Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille IIIAix-en-ProvenceFrance
  6. 6.Barney School of BusinessUniversity of HartfordWest HartfordUSA
  7. 7.ALTISUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly
  8. 8.Centre for International Business and Economic Research (CIBER)VilniusLithuania
  9. 9.Facultat d’EconomiaUniversitat de ValènciaValènciaSpain
  10. 10.Faculty of Economics and BusinessUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  11. 11.SkimRotterdamThe Netherlands

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