An Exogenous Path of Development

Explaining the Rise of Corporate Social Responsibility in China

in The International Journal of Social Quality
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  • 1 Zhejiang University ka_lin_2004@aliyun.com
  • 2 University of Oslo dan.banik@sum.uio.no
  • 3 Zhejiang University lfyi@zju.edu.cn
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Abstract

Although the notion of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been largely Western driven, it has now also entered the popular discourse in many non-Western countries. In dissimilar social settings, the driving force of CSR development differs between its Western origins and its non-Western adaptors. This study examines the developmental dynamics of CSR in China, and how such force have influenced the CSR discourse in this country. This Chinese experience helps illustrate how an exogenous path of CSR development evolved in China. With this experience, we maintain that the standards of CSR have instrumental value in promoting social quality through its function on enterprises, in regard to improvising social relations of the companies with their employees, the local communities, and the public agents of localities.

Contributor Notes

Ka Lin received a PhD from the University of Tampere. He is a professor of social policy in Zhejiang University. He has worked as a senior researcher at the University of Turku, as director of the Social Policy Research Center of Nanjing University, is deputy director of the Center for European Studies of Zhejiang University, and vice chairman of the International Association on Social Quality.

Dan Banik received a PhD from the University of Oslo. He is a professor at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, and visiting professor at Stanford University. His areas of research cover issues of poverty, inequality, policy research, and sustainable development.

Longfei Yi received a PhD from Zhejiang University. He is a lecturer at the Zhejiang Institute of Administration. His fields of studies include social policy and social quality.

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