Dr. Anis Ben Brik

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Journal of Business Ethics DOI 10.1007/s10551-008-0005-9 Ó Springer 2008 A Study of Management Perceptions of the Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Organisational Performance in Emerging Economies: The Case of Dubai Belaid Rettab Anis Ben Brik Kamel Mellahi ABSTRACT. Although a number of studies have shown that corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities often lead to greater organisational performance in western developed economies, researchers are yet to examine the strategic value of CSR in emerging economies. Using survey data from 280 firms operating in Dubai, this study examines the link between CSR activities and organisational performance. The results show that CSR has a positive relationship with all…show more content…
Second, although researchers have provided convincing arguments for the potential strategic benefits of CSR activities, scholars have not reached a consensus on whether or not, and how, CSR affects organisational performance (Husted and Allen, 2007; Margolis and Walsh, 2003; Orlitzky et al., 2003). They disagree, for example, as to whether CSR has a positive or a negative impact, or a neutral impact on organisational performance (Margolis and Walsh, 2001; McWilliams and Siegel, 2000; Orlitzky et al., 2003; Wright and Ferris, 1997). A number of scholars have argued that the lack of consensus is due partly to the use of questionable measures of organisational performance (Carroll, 1991; Griffin and Mahon, 1997; Waddock and Graves, 1997; Wokutch and McKinney, 1991). In particular, scholars highlight the limitations of single measures of performance (Egri et al., 2004) and over-reliance on financial performance that, in isolation, does not capture the full impact of CSR on the firm’s overall performance (Husted and Allen, 2007). In this study, we address this issue with three measures of organisational performance: the oft-used financial performance measure, as well as employee commitment and corporate reputation. This study is important for two reasons. First, while the study of the relationship between CSR and organisational performance is important in its own

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