Session 6

CSR and Sustainable Development

Track A

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2012


Time: 15:30 – 16:45


Room: Meeting Room 230A

Session Chair:

  • Kehan Xu, University of Wollongong

Title: Do Foreign Investors Seek Pollution Havens within China?


  • Nahyun Kim, Korea University
  • Jungbien Moon, Korea University
  • Haitao Yin, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Abstract: By using Chinese data, this paper proposes to investigate the relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) and corporate environmental performance in an emerging economy, and further investigate the moderating effect of regulatory stringency, competition, and agglomeration. The debate between pollution haven hypothesis and trade up hypothesis has not been resolved conclusively, and we are attempting to provide empirical evidence in support of trade up hypothesis by utilizing the differences in FDI and environmental performance at the subnational level. By combining the provincial level environmental performance data with firm level data on output, location, and foreign investment status, we also propose that regulatory stringency, competition, and agglomeration moderates the relationship between FDI and corporate environmental performance.

Title: Institutional Embeddedness and Isomorphism, Social Comparison, and Investment in Employee Wellbeing


  • Wei Shi, Indiana University
  • Haiyang Li, Rice University

Abstract: Although research exhibits that firms can benefit from improving employee wellbeing at work, investment in employee wellbeing inevitably carries related costs. Consequently, firms are at variance with each other in terms of investment in employee wellbeing due to different benefit-cost calculus. In this paper, we argue that firm institutional embeddedness has a profound impact on their propensities to make investment in employee wellbeing because the level of institutional embeddedness bears a direct relationship with stakeholders’ perceptions of firm behaviors and such perceptions have a profound influence on institutional isomorphic pressures that firms receive in host institutions, which in turn influence firms’ decisions to invest in employee wellbeing. We integrate institutional theory and social comparison theory to argue that the level of institutional embeddedness has a curvilinear relationship with firms’ investment in employee wellbeing and the curvilinear relationship is moderated by firm-level and institutional-level contingencies.

Title: Organizational Heterogeneous Responses to Government Regulation: The Role of Multiple Institutional Logics and Governance Structure


  • Danqing Wang, University of Hong Kong
  • Xiaowei Luo, INSEAD
  • Jianjun Zhang, Peking University

Abstract: This study investigates the heterogeneous organizational responses to one government regulation by highlighting the role of multiple institutional logics, with their conflicting guidelines for organizational attention as well as governance structure which helps organizations to process institutional complexity. We argue that although firms that are targeted by the new government regulation are more likely to comply, while their responses are conditioned by the existing institutional complexity and governance structure. We test our argument by studying how Chinese publicly listed firms respond to the central government’s regulations on issuing CSR reports between 2008 and 2010. Our study contributes to the literature on institutional logics, research on how organizations respond to institutional pressures and CSR in transitional economies.

All Sessions in Track A...

Sat: 09:00 – 09:30
Session 35: Conference Welcome
Sat: 09:30 – 10:45
Session 30: Keynote Plenary Panel: Competing and Cooperating in and for China
Sat: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 4: Competition and Adaptation
Session 11: Firm Boundaries and Growth
Session 19: Global Strategy
Session 26: Entrepreneurship in China
Sat: 13:45 – 15:00
Session 31: Plenary Panel II: Collaborative Strategies in and for China
Sat: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 6: CSR and Sustainable Development
Session 7: Entrepreneurship
Session 9: Executives and Incentives
Session 22: Panel: Innovation
Session 24: Managing Innovation Strategies
Sat: 17:00 – 18:15
Session 5: Corporate Governance
Session 8: Evolution and Ecosystems
Session 10: FDI
Session 12: Innovation Strategy
Session 27: FDI and Institutions
Sun: 09:00 – 10:15
Session 32: Plenary Panel III: Corporate Governance and Executive Leadership in the Age of Globalization
Sun: 10:45 – 12:00
Session 13: Institutions
Session 15: Internationalization II
Session 16: Networks
Session 29: Resources and Capabilities
Sun: 13:45 – 15:00
Session 33: Plenary Panel IV: Strategic Management Research in China - What is Next?
Sun: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 3: Alliances and Cooperation
Session 14: Internationalization I
Session 17: Social Capital
Session 28: Governance, Knowledge, and Cooperation
Sun: 17:00 – 18:00
Session 34: Executives Plenary Panel: Innovation Strategy in China

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