Management consultants' influence on corporate responsibility reporting in Finland - Case study among Big4 companies and Finnish retailers

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Kangasniemi, Anni
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-04T13:21:17Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-04T13:21:17Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/18415
dc.description.abstract The objective of the study is to examine the influence of management consultants on corporate responsibility reporting in Finland. In order to meet the expectations from various stakeholders to be transparent on responsibility issues, managers are buying various CR services from management consultants, including CR reporting. Influence of management consultants in academic literature is epitomized by the creation and dissemination of management fashions, where consultants are perceived as standard setters, which also makes for the theoretical frame of reference of the study. Qualitative methods were the appropriate choice for shedding light on the phenomenon. The research strategy was multiple case study exploring the field, with five case companies involved in CR reporting from Finnish context. Case companies were selected to represent the supply and demand sides of the corporate responsibility market in Finland, resulting to three management consulting companies amongst the Big4 companies and two Finnish companies from retail industry. Semi-structured interviews were held in each of the case companies with one company representative from each company to gather primary data, in addition secondary data from companie's web pages and reports released was sourced. Findings were processed using thematic content analysis followed by a cross-case comparison. The findings suggest that the influence of management consultants on CR reporting in Finland manifests itself in the quality of CR reports and the choice of reporting standard. Regulation and stakeholder pressure are the biggest drivers for CR reporting currently, the influence of management consultants on CR reporting in Finland resulting from consultant's position in giving strategic advice and providing legitimacy. As external resources helping their clients in solving business issues, management consultants have a role in driving CR issues on the strategic agenda of companies and illustrating the implications of CR to their clients. en
dc.format.extent 88
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Management consultants' influence on corporate responsibility reporting in Finland - Case study among Big4 companies and Finnish retailers en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Management Studies en
dc.subject.keyword corporate responsibility
dc.subject.keyword yhteiskuntavastuu
dc.subject.keyword Finland
dc.subject.keyword Suomi
dc.subject.keyword management
dc.subject.keyword johtaminen
dc.subject.keyword reports
dc.subject.keyword raportit
dc.subject.keyword qualitative research
dc.subject.keyword laadullinen tutkimus
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201511054986
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major MSc program in Management and International Business en
dc.programme.major MSc program in Management and International Business fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon johtaminen
dc.subject.helecon management
dc.subject.helecon konsultointi
dc.subject.helecon consulting
dc.subject.helecon raportit
dc.subject.helecon reports
dc.subject.helecon yhteiskuntavastuu
dc.subject.helecon corporate responsibility
dc.subject.helecon trendit
dc.subject.helecon economic trends
dc.ethesisid 14089
dc.date.dateaccepted 2015-05-08
dc.location P1 I


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