Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 33–44 | Cite as

Managers' Personal Values as Drivers of Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Christine A. Hemingway
  • Patrick W. Maclagan


In this theoretical paper, motives for CSR are considered. An underlying assumption is that the commercial imperative is not the sole driver of CSR decision-making in private sector companies, but that the formal adoption and implementation of CSR by corporations could be associated with the changing personal values of individual managers. These values may find expression through the opportunity to exercise discretion, which may arise in various ways. It is suggested that in so far as CSR initiatives represent individuals' values, so the “responsibility” in evidence is less obviously “corporate.” Our emphasis on personal initiative is intended to counter a tendency to view the corporation as the agent, and may serve to remind us that individuals can, indeed, make a difference.

corporate social responsibility (CSR) managerial discretion motives personal values social responsibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine A. Hemingway
    • 1
  • Patrick W. Maclagan
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Management and Organisational Learning, The Business SchoolUniversity of HullU.K.

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