The effects of top management team national diversity and institutional uncertainty on subsidiary CSR focus

Dahms, Sven, Kingkaew, Suthikorn, and Ng, Eddy S. (2021) The effects of top management team national diversity and institutional uncertainty on subsidiary CSR focus. Journal of Business Ethics. (In Press)

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Abstract

This research investigates how top management team national diversity (TMTND) and corporate social responsibility (CSR) institutional uncertainty affect strategic CSR focus in foreign-owned subsidiaries. The paper develops a theoretical framework based on institutional theory and upper echelon perspectives to test a sample of MNE subsidiaries. Survey data were collected from subsidiaries in Thailand and Taiwan. Non-symmetric analysis suggests that while TMTND plays an important role in establishing a CSR focus, it is not conducive in itself to high-performance outcomes. Performance is measured by market share, sales growth, and profitability for each subsidiary. The results also show that there are notable differences between the subsidiaries located in Thailand and Taiwan as to what extent CSR strategic focus and top management team national diversity are relevant for high-performance outcomes. The study demonstrates that the links between CSR, TMTND, and subsidiary performance are much more complex than previously assumed.

Item ID: 65950
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-0697
Keywords: Corporate social responsibility; Top management team national diversity; Institutional theory; Upper echelon theory; Foreign-owned subsidiaries
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature B.V. part of Springer Nature 2021
Funders: The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), Thammasata University (TU), Bucknell University (BU)
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 03:01
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350503 Human resources management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 100%
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