Drivers of Global CSR Integration and Local CSR Responsiveness: Evidence from Chinese MNEs

Christof Miska, Michael A. Witt, Günter Stahl

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


What drives Chinese MNEs global CSR integration and local CSR responsiveness? Drawing on institutional theory, we argue that both antecedents reflecting globally isomorphic patterns of adaptation and antecedents mirroring the distinct characteristics of Chinas institutional context are relevant. We support our argument using fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis on a sample of 29 of Chinas globally most influential companies. We find that state influence and global CSR associations affect global CSR integration, whereas presence in the West and internationalization through mergers and acquisitions predict local CSR responsiveness. Our study thus suggests that home-country characteristics are an important co-determinant of the CSR approaches of emerging-market MNEs. We further find that multicultural experience in top management teams is associated with both global CSR integration and local CSR responsiveness, supporting notions of transnational CSR.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317 - 345
JournalBusiness Ethics Quarterly (BEQ)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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