Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to our AIB Annual Meeting workshop entitled:

CSR of Emerging Country MNEs: Toward a New Research Agenda 

(Session# 171032)

Time: Monday, July 3, 16:15-17:30

Place: Room Emirates 6

While practitioners and scholars increasingly recognize the importance of CSR practices for emerging country multinational enterprises, there are still questions about whether existing theoretical and empirical approaches apply to this topic. This workshop will provide an interactive forum for discussing the challenges and opportunities of conducting research on this topic, the current state of research, potential new avenues, and ways of strengthening scholarly networks.

Participants will be organized into small-group roundtables to examine specific topics concerning the CSR policies of emerging country firms. Established international business researchers will moderate the roundtables and elicit participants’ input. The workshop will conclude by summarizing the findings of each roundtable, and offering guidance on current research directions, and views on integrating CSR issues into a research agenda on emerging country firms.

Our panelists include:

Ruth Aguilera (Northeastern University)

Jonathan Doh (Villanova University)

Bryan W. Husted (Tecnológico de Monterrey)

Anne Jacqueminet (Bocconi University)

Tatiana Kostova (University of South Carolina)

While pre-registration for this workshop is not mandatory, we have already received numerous expressions of interest. To improve the organization of the event, we ask interested scholars, including PhD students, who would like to join the workshop, to send an email to Valentina Marano (
[log in to unmask]) and Elisa Giuliani ([log in to unmask]). In the message, please include your affiliation and your two top choices of roundtable topics from those listed below (roundtable assignments will be based on a first come – first serve basis).

Roundtable topics:

1. Motivations and scope for CSR adoption: How do the organizational characteristics of emerging market firms affect their decision to adopt CSR policies and the salience of certain CSR issues over others? How does their corporate governance influence their CSR efforts?

2. CSR outcomes: Does the adoption of CSR practices lead to better corporate social performance for these firms? How is CSR related to corporate social irresponsibility (CSIR)? Under what conditions do emerging country firms adopt CSR policies in a substantive way, and how does CSR adoption influence economic performance?

3. Theoretical frameworks to explain CSR adoption: How does current theory inform CSR adoption in emerging markets? How do the unique characteristics of emerging countries’ institutional environments modify theories on the substantive management of CSR?

4. Macro trends in patterns of CSR adoption: Are emerging country firms converging on established CSR practices and standards used by their developed country counterparts, or are there persistent differences? What is different about the emerging country context that may affect local firms’ convergence to “meta” CSR norms? Do the unique institutional constraints faced by firms headquartered in emerging countries change the meaning of CSR from Western style utilitarian approaches?

We hope to see you there and look forward to hearing from you!


Warm Regards,

Elisa Giuliani (Università di Pisa) and Valentina Marano (Northeastern University)


Elisa Giuliani
Full Professor of Management
Associate Editor for Research Policy 

Track Chair, The contribution of MNEs to building sustainable societies, Academy of International Business, 2017

Track Co-Chair, MNEs and sustainable development, European International Business Academy, 2017

Dipartimento Economia e Management
University of Pisa 
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Office # 319
Tel. + 39 050 2216280
Fax: + 39 050 2216267 
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