• Tahniyath Fatima

    (Qatar University)

  • Said Elbanna

    (Qatar University)


In spite of accruing concerted scholarly and managerial interest since the 1950s in corporate social responsibility (CSR), its implementation is still a growing topic as most of it remains academically unexplored. As CSR continues to establish a stronger foothold in organizational strategies, understanding its implementation is needed for both academia and industry. In an attempt to respond to this need, we carry out a systematic review of 122 empirical studies on CSR implementation to provide a status quo of the literature and inform future scholars. We develop a research agenda in the form of an integrated framework of CSR implementation that pronounces its multi-dimensional and multi-level nature and provides a snapshot of the current literature status of CSR implementation. Future research avenues relating to multi-level studies, theoretically supported research models, developing economy settings, and more are recommended. Practitioners can also benefit through utilizing the holistic framework to attain a bird’s eye view and proactively formulate and implement CSR strategies that can be facilitated by collaborations with CSR scholars and experts.

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  • Tahniyath Fatima & Said Elbanna, 2023. “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Implementation: A Review and a Research Agenda Towards an Integrative Framework,” Journal of Business Ethics, Springer, vol. 183(1), pages 105-121, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbuset:v:183:y:2023:i:1:d:10.1007_s10551-022-05047-8
    DOI: 10.1007/s10551-022-05047-8

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