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

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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 three measures of organisational performance: financial performance, employee commitment, and corporate reputation. These results reinforce the accumulating body of empirical support for the positive impact of CSR on performance and challenge the dominant assumption that, given the weak institutional framework in emerging economies, CSR activities drain resources and compromise firms' competitiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-390
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Volume89
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Emerging economies
  • Organisational performance
  • United Arab Emirates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Law

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