Researching CSR communication: Themes, opportunities and challenges

On 20th February 2017 we had the pleasure to invite Andrew Crane and Sarah Glozer to present the paper “Researching CSR communication: Themes, opportunities and challenges” published on Journal of Management Studies.

29034 Andrew Crane. SoM Staff Portrait ID 2 Sept 2016. Portrait School of Management. ID. Client: Angela Wembley - School of Management

Andrew Crane, Professor of Business and Society;
Director, Centre for Business, Organisations and Society – University of Bath

Andrew Crane’s research explores new ways of thinking about the social, ethical and environmental dimensions of business. He is particularly known for his work on the changing role of the corporation in the global economy, where he has been influential in developing a new view of corporate citizenship that addresses the political roles and responsibilities of business. He has also focused on how ideas of ethics, freedom, and responsibility are communicated and made meaningful by corporations, consumers and other stakeholders through talk and text.

GLOZERSarah Glozer
, Lecturer in Marketing – Royal Holloway

Her research interests reside around corporate social responsibility (CSR), dialogue and communication studies, ethical markets and consumption, organisational legitimacy and social media marketing.



Workshop Human Rights and the Multinational Enterprise – Pisa 4-5 February 2016


The workshop intends to bridge this gap and aims at promoting a human rights research agenda in international management and international business. The call for papers solicits both theoretical and empirical contributions, which draw on different research streams and disciplines, including international management, international business, business ethics, international law, political science and business and human rights. Methodologically, we welcome qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method research approaches.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • The role of expatriates and inpatriates in promoting the cause of human rights in foreign subsidiaries.
  • Embedding human rights in corporate culture.
  • Liability of foreignness and human rights.
  • Liability of origin and human rights.
  • MNEs’ human rights conduct and transfer of good human rights practices within the multinational network.
  • CSR and human rights.
  • Differentials in human rights conduct across different types of MNEs.
  • MNE’s human rights conduct across different institutional environments.
  • Market competition and human rights.
  • Effects of infringements of human rights.
  • Political and sub-political activity and strategies of MNEs in relation to human rights.
  • Implications of current business and human rights policy debates for multinational business.
  • Empirical research on the uptake and impact of the UN Guiding Principles.
  • Measuring business and human rights; assessing business and human rights infringements through quantitative analyses.
  • Human rights, social and environmental upgrading in Global Value Chains.

Click here for more information:

Past Research Seminars

  •  23 May 2016: Saverio Pertosa, Carolina Comis, Daniela Arlia (MSc Economics UNIPI Sant’Anna), “Environmental, Social and Governance (EGS) Indicators: A critical comparative analysis”
  • 2 December 2015: Daniel Korschun (Drexel University Le Bow College of Business), “Social Identity on the Frontline: Boundary Spanning Employees and Relationships with External Stakeholders”
  • 26 November 2015: Federica Nieri (University of Pisa), “Multilatinas’ legitimacy at a crossroads: Accounting for their social irresponsibility across different institutional environments” 
    (with Giuliani E., Fiaschi F.)
  • 23 November 2015: Enrico Bonadio (City Law School), “Intellectual Property and Fundamental Rights: Coexistence or Clash?”
  • 18 November 2015: Elisa Giuliani (UNIPI) & Andrea Vezzulli (UNIPI), “The impact of in-house certifications on environmental and social practices: Insights from the coffee industry in six regions of Latin America”
  • 30 April 2015:  Matilde D’Amelio (POLIMI), “Can Multinational Enterprises light up developing countries?”
  • 29 April 2015:  Marco Frey (SS Sant’Anna), “Il Global Compact delle Nazioni Unite e il ruolo delle imprese nel perseguimento di uno sviluppo più sostenibile”
  • 22 April 2015: Rossella Gambetti & Serena Barello (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano): “Come costruire, interpretare e rappresentare il dato qualitativo: una prospettiva software-based
  • 17 February 2015: Grazia Santangelo (Catania University) “When in Rome, do as the Romans do, but cum judicio: Dealing with corruption after entry”


All seminars are held at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Pisa.