Corporate social responsibility and organizational effectiveness: A multivariate approach

Shaker A. Zahra, Michael S. LaTour

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In this paper, three major themes in research on corporate social responsibility (CSR) are identified. Of particular interest, however, is the potential link between CSR and organizational effectiveness (OE). Data collected from 410 college graduate and undergraduate students were used to examine this relationship. Using factor analysis, eight dimensions of CSR and three components of OE were extracted. Canonical analysis was then performed. The result supports the proposition that specific CSR practices affect select OE outcomes. In addition, the method employed here provides a parsimonious approach to give priority to social claims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-467
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 1987


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