Corporate Responsibility in the East Asia Region

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 2:00 PM


In an era of globalization and international trade integration, what is the potential for cross-cultural convergence of corporate responsibility? Corporate responsibility involves responding to the expectations and demands of a diversity of stakeholders — customers, employees, investors, suppliers, local communities, and the natural environment. Which stakeholder groups are given higher priority in corporate responsibility programs, and why? What societal and organizational factors influence organizations to implement various types of CR practices? Are organizations simply responding to perceived stakeholder pressures to be more responsible? Are particular CR practices more (or less) compatible with cultural values at both societal and organizational levels?

In this forum, we will explore the answers to these questions based on research involving organizations in the East Asia region — China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. How influences on CR practices in the East Asia region differ from those for organizations in Canada and the U.S. will also be examined. The forum will conclude with managerial implications for engendering corporate responsibility within and across societal contexts.

Speaker: Dr. Carolyn P. Egri, PhD

Dr. Carolyn Egri is the William J.A. Rowe EMBA Alumni Professor in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. A prolific researcher with numerous publications and presentations, she has examined CSR and sustainability as well as corporate culture around the world. Her work has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Business Ethics.

Dr. Egri has been Chair of the Academy of Management’s Organizations and the Natural Environment Division, and a director of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. In addition, she has served as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Learning & Education journal, co-editor of journal special issues on sustainability and CSR topics, and on a variety of academic journal editorial boards. Dr. Egri makes leadership, CSR and sustainability the focus of her teaching, for the Beedie School of Business and other organizations. Recognition of her teaching includes the David L. Bradford Outstanding Educator Award from the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society for Management Educators, and the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award from the SFU Beedie School of Business.

2–3:30 pm, November 20, 2014

SFU at Harbour Centre (room 1600)
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
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