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(Un) doing gender for achieving equality at work: The role of corporate social responsibility

Torres, Luis D.; Jain, Aditya; Leka, Stavroula

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Authors

ADITYA JAIN ADITYA.JAIN@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Sustainable Work and Development

Stavroula Leka



Abstract

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) research has been largely interested in answering the question of why more women at work is good for business, leaving unattended the question of how to achieve this, and how feminist theories can be integrated with this purpose. This paper puts forward some conceptual propositions for advancing these questions by examining the linkages between the doing and undoing gender concepts from the feminist organization studies, and the role of CSR. The paper follows a conceptual approach to develop and support propositions. We propose that gender strategies will vary in organizations according to what CSR orientation they assume (compliance or proactive CSR), and how they navigate the un/doing gender continuum. By doing so, a two-axis model is portrayed and four specific gender strategies identified. The model can support research aiming at exploring how CSR can be a tool for achieving gender equality at work, and managers looking at implementing or evaluating their gender responsible strategies.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 29, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 8, 2018
Publication Date 2019-03
Deposit Date Oct 3, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 9, 2020
Journal Business Strategy and Development
Electronic ISSN 2572-3170
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 1
Pages 32-39
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/bsd2.40
Keywords Corporate social responsibility; Proactive CSR; Compliance; Doing gender; Gender equality; Feminist organization studies; Gender strategies
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1144174
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/bsd2.40
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Torres LD, Jain A, Leka S. (Un) doing gender for achieving equality at work: The role of corporate social responsibility. Bus Strat Dev. 2019; 2: 32– 39. which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/bsd2.40. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.