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Managing Corporate Social Responsibility: A Communication Approach

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3629-0
196 pages
October 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Managing Corporate Social Responsibility offers a strategic, communication-centred approach to integrating CSR into organizations. Drawing from a variety of disciplines and written in a highly accessible style, the book guides readers in a focused progression providing the key points they need to successfully navigate the benefits and implications of managing CSR.

  • Chapters are organized around a process model for CSR that outlines steps for researching, developing, implementing, and evaluating CSR initiatives
  • Emphasizes stakeholder engagement as a foundation throughout the CSR Process Model
  • Discusses ways to maximize the use of social media and traditional media throughout the process
  • Offers international examples drawn from a variety of industries including: The Forest Stewardship Council, Starbucks Coffee, and IKEA.
  • Draws upon theories grounded in various disciplines, including public relations, marketing, media, communication, and business
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Table of Contents

Contents in Detail ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Conceptualizing Corporate Social Responsibility 1

2 Strategic CSR 29

3 CSR Scanning and Monitoring 51

4 Formative Research 63

5 Create the CSR Initiative 89

6 Communicate the CSR Initiative 109

7 Evaluation and Feedback 137

8 CSR Issues 153

References 165

Index 177

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Author Information

W. Timothy Coombs, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida. He is the 2002 recipient of the Jackson, Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize from the Public Relations Society of American for his crisis research. He is author of the award-winning Ongoing Crisis Communication (1999), Today’s Public Relations (with Robert Heath, 2006), and Code Red in the Boardroom: Crisis Management as Organizational DNA (2006).

Sherry J. Holladay, Ph.D., is Professor at the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. Dr. Holladay's research interests include corporate social responsibility, crisis communication, activism, and reputation management. Her work has been widely published in journals.
Together, Timothy Coombs and Sherry Holladay are authors of the award winning books It’s Not Just PR: Public Relations in Society (2007, Wiley-Blackwell), PR Strategy and Application: Managing Influence (2010, Wiley-Blackwell) and co-editors of The Handbook of Crisis Communication (2010, Wiley-Blackwell).

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“This will become a seminal text that can be used at both undergraduate and graduate levels. It is well-written, incorporates U.S. and European theoretical perspectives on CSR practice, and places it squarely in the domain of strategic communication.”
- Derina R. Holtzhausen, Oklahoma State University

“CSR has become the new mantra of the corporate world. With a strategic and process oriented approach to CSR, this important book provides new research-based insights into the concept, philosophy, and practice of CSR.”
- Winni Johansen, Aarhus University

“Without a sound CSR commitment by management, efforts to communicate CSR are at best facile and at worst manipulative and deceptive. CSR theory reasons that the organization must first be “good” if it is to communicate in ways that can advantage its brand equity and protect it against unwarranted attacks. Coombs and Holladay wisely understand this battlefield and build on it to advance the understanding of what can and must be said to feature businesses’ CSR achievements.”
- Bob Heath, University of Houston

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