Corporate social responsibility in a total quality management context: Opportunities for sustainable growth

Rodney McAdam, Denis Leonard

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The aim of this paper is to explore how quality management can act as a foundation and key catalyst for developing corporate social responsibility (CSR) within organizations. CSR is an emergent discourse within organizational research and praxis. It has parallels to sustainable development, environmental protection, social equity and economic growth. Although some organizations consider CSR to be a peripheral and sector specific issue, it is becoming increasingly mainstream, supported by government legislation. Key questions arising are, is there a conflict between profit earning and CSR? How can CSR be implemented without impairing business performance? Can CSR build on existing quality management based business initiatives from a philosophical and practical manner? The critique and case study analysis within this paper shows how the ethical basis of quality management can be used to develop CSR within organizations. Quality management models and methodologies established on the broad principles of quality are seen as a foundation and catalyst for effective CSR in organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-45
Number of pages10
JournalCorporate Governance: The international journal of business in society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Dec 2003

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  • Organizations
  • Quality management
  • Social responsibility


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