Social Responsibility: Definition, Core Issues, and Recent Developments

Beal, B. D. 2014. Corporate social responsibility: Definition, core issues, and recent developments. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Inc. [ISBN: 9781452291567;]

This short book on corporate social responsibility (CSR) is designed to be used as a supplemental text in different business courses.  It was originally developed as a teaching module for use at the University of Texas at Tyler.  It was subsequently expanded and published as a book with SAGE Publications, Inc. (it was a pleasure to work with Pat Quinlin and Katie Guarino on the project).  It’s available from Sage, Amazon, and elsewhere.

From the Sage site:

This unique supplemental text offers a well-structured and thorough introduction to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Author Brent D. Beal introduces the basic concept of CSR, briefly discusses the challenges of defining it, and summarizes important conceptual models. CSR is examined in the context of the perfect competition market model, market failure, and social dilemmas. Three different types of CSR—systemic, strategic, and philanthropic—are highlighted. Finally, arguments both for and against CSR are outlined and several conceptual frames are proposed.  Readers are encouraged to think about what businesses should be responsible for in society and how a society’s economic system should be structured, bounded, and ultimately, controlled. This text is appropriate for any business course in which the introduction of CSR would complement other course content.

A special thanks to those who reviewed the book: William Acar (Ph.D.), Kent State University; Daniel C. Bochsler, Naveen Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas; Amod Choudhary, City University of New York, Lehman College; Robert D. Gulbro, Athens State University; W. M. Hayden Jr., Ph.D., P.E., CMQ/OE, University at Buffalo, School of Management; E. Nicole Hess-Escalante, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Dr. Jim Kerner, Athens State University, Athens, Alabama; R. Kernochan, California State University Northridge; Jim Muraski, Marquette University; Stephanie E. Newell, Eastern Michigan University; Herb Nold, Polk State College; David Olson, California State University, Bakersfield; John A. Parnell, Ph.D., University of North Carolina – Pembroke; Brando Randolph-Seng, Texas A&M University-Commerce; Veronica Rosas-Tatum, Palo Alto College; Stephen Takach, University of Texas at San Antonio; Zelimir William Todorovic, Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne; Isaac Wanasika, Monfort College of Business, University of Northern Colorado.

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