Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 136, Issue 1, pp 73–87 | Cite as

Corporate Social Responsibility in China: A Corporate Governance Approach

  • ChungMing LauEmail author
  • Yuan Lu
  • Qiang Liang


This study examines the effects of corporate governance mechanisms on CSR performance in an emerging economy, China. Because of the need of gaining legitimacy in the new institutional context, Chinese firms have to adopt global CSR practices in order to remain competitive. Using the corporate governance framework, this study examines how board composition, ownership, and TMT composition influence corporate social performance. The propositions are tested using data gathered from 471 firms in China. By and large, empirical findings supported the hypothesized relationships.


CSR China Corporate governance 



This project is partially supported by a Grant (CUHK 448109) from Research Grant Council of the HK SAR.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementChinese University of Hong KongHong KongChina
  2. 2.Business SchoolShantou UniversityShantouChina

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