Towards a Theory and Model of Corporate Social Responsibility and Implications for Management and Leadership Practices

  • Minka Woermann
Part of the Issues in Business Ethics book series (IBET, volume 37)


The deconstructive and complexity-inspired reading given of CSR in  Chap. 5 is developed into a theory and model of CSR in this chapter. To this end, a critical investigation of the three components of CSR is presented, namely corporate identity, the nature of the relations between corporations and society (including stakeholders), and the nature of corporate responsibility. The model of CSR that is derived from this investigation depicts the different domains of CSR (namely, the environmental, social, legal, and economic domains) as embedded in one another, and differentially related to one another. It is argued that these domains are interlinked in complex ways with the corporation, which makes it impossible to conclusively define corporate responsibilities. These complexities also frustrate our attempts at managing our CSR obligations, as our current analytic tools are inadequate in dealing with these complexities. A number of management tools that can help in this regard are therefore also introduced, as is a discussion on the leadership approach and responsibilities that support the theory and model of CSR developed here.


Corporate Social Responsibility Business Ethic Corporate Responsibility Inattentional Blindness Business Responsibility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Centre for Applied EthicsStellenbosch UniversityMatielandSouth Africa

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