The Relationship Between a Firm’s Core Business and CSR: a Study of the Baltic Sea Commitments

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Ritvala, Tiina
dc.contributor.author Kvatchadze, Giorgi
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T10:08:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T10:08:33Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/24756
dc.description.abstract Objectives of the Thesis The singular objective of this thesis has been to explore the nature of relationship between a firm’s core business and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Commonly under the concept of CSR one subsumes a firm’s sense of responsibility towards the community and environment The interplay between a firm’s core business and corporate social responsibility has been observed in the context of the Baltic Sea commitments, chief focus of which, to a large extent, has been fixated upon the most singular environmental initiative – amelioration of the state of the Baltic Sea. The societal and business outcomes as well as other associated idiosyncrasies of the interplay have also been discussed in the paper, although with varying degree of scrupulousness. Methodology The interest in the subject matter was born as a result of participation in the research project implemented at the Aalto University School of Business. The nature of the study is largely exploratory and qualitative. The applied research method is a multiple case study, whereby nine different firms, seven of which are Finnish, one Estonian, and one Lithuanian respectively, were interviewed to garner insights as to their participation in the BSAG initiatives. Information gathered by means of semi-structured interviews has been greatly enriched and expanded by utilization of a litany of secondary sources of information. Main Findings The results of this study further corroborate the fact that CSR is no longer a domain occupied solely by large-sized firms. Smaller firms, who were traditionally thought to be less reliant on or cognizant of benefits proffered by CSR, are increasingly realizing its untapped potential. Moreover, the tripartite typology comprising Philanthropy, CR innovation, and CR integration has been found effective in both canvassing a wide variety of organizational behaviours that were demonstrated in the course of the Baltic Sea initiatives and better understanding the impact exerted by the integration of CSR into a firm’s core business. Furthermore, the trend of tides moving away from traditional philanthropy-dominated conception of CSR world has been observed, particularly in favour of more novel forms of CSR. And more importantly, the benefits and outcomes of this occurring shift have been conceived of being both conspicuous and substantial. en
dc.format.extent 103
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title The Relationship Between a Firm’s Core Business and CSR: a Study of the Baltic Sea Commitments 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.subject.keyword CSR en
dc.subject.keyword Environmental Responsibility en
dc.subject.keyword core business en
dc.subject.keyword Baltic Sea en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201702282713
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.programme Management and International Business (MIB) en
dc.subject.helecon johtaminen fi
dc.subject.helecon kansainväliset yhtiöt fi
dc.subject.helecon yhteiskuntavastuu fi
dc.subject.helecon liiketalous fi
dc.subject.helecon ympäristöpolitiikka fi
dc.subject.helecon aluepolitiikka fi
dc.subject.helecon Itämeren alue fi
dc.ethesisid 14922
dc.location P1 I fi


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