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Corporate Social Responsibility in Multinational Corporations: A Co-evolutionary Theory Perspective

posted on 17.04.2019, 01:35 authored by SUMITRA DEVI A/P GOVINDA NAIR
The study looks at why and how strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) approaches differ across subsidiaries of the same MNC, by employing the co-evolutionary theory perspective. Findings suggest that inconsistency in internal factors within an MNC – leadership commitment, social competency, absorptive capacity, level of CSR integration into business; varying external environments faced by each subsidiary; as well as the type of co-evolutionary dynamics model operating in each MNC result in variations. MNCs with the managed selection and holistic renewal CSR co-evolutionary models were found to have more cohesive and better CSR performance. The study covered four MNCs across eleven countries.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Chew Yin Teng

Additional supervisor 1

Manjit Singh Sandhu

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

School of Business and Economics (Monash University Malaysia)


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Business and Economics