Organizational Downsizing, Discrimination and Corporate Social Responsibility

Organizational Downsizing, Discrimination and Corporate Social Responsibility

Organizational Downsizing, Discrimination and Corporate Social Responsibility

Organizational Downsizing, Discrimination and Corporate Social Responsibility

Synopsis

Organizational restructuring and corporate downsizing can have a significant impact on the perceived social responsibility and responsiveness of any firm. This book analyzes the phenomenon by identifying the nature and types of structural or functional relationships that exist between downsizing and organizational performance variables, on the one hand, and organizational social responsiveness on the other. It looks at changes in the use of various restructuring techniques to improve efficiency and effectiveness and the effects of these changes on the organizational citizenship standing in the community. It goes on to add to the understanding of the general phenomenon of downsizing by examining its relationship to the level and pervasiveness of corporate social responsibility.

Excerpt

In this book, I will analyze a topic that has received too much attention in recent years, and around which there has been much debate, dispute, and confusion. It is a topic that has direct relevance to the question of corporate social responsibility in the developed world, in general, and the United States, in particular. The topic is corporate social responsibility and corporate downsizing.

When social responsibility first burst into popularity in the late 1960s, it was a controversial subject that some observers suspected was inconsistent with the free enterprise system itself. Yet today there are indications that social responsibility has become an obligation for any business, and that it is a permanent fixture on the corporate scene. One fact that should be recognized at the outset is that all researchers, management scientists, and practitioners agree on the fundamental question that corporate social responsibility is an extremely difficult concept to measure.

Notwithstanding, social responsibility is an important function that affects organizational performance and corporate standing in the community. To ensure their commitment to social concerns, many corporations have created permanent, board-level committees to monitor social responsibility and ethical functions. These committees, often called "social responsibility" or "public policy" committees, serve two functions . . .

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