This book argues that separation consciousness has kept a collective demand for corporate social responsibility at bay, even providing justification for business to neglect society. Yet there are signs that separation consciousness is being replaced with the expectation that businesses engage in symbiotic relationships with stakeholders that yield triple bottom line benefits. The potential for business to enact this social contract depends largely on the ability of top executives to discover how to activate the organizational values that make such benefits possible. The author argues that the required mind-set for this task bears a strong resemblance to the scientific discovery mentality, and that if executives were to embed this mentality in organizational decision making, shared consciousness between firms and stakeholders of the values that support corporate responsibility is feasible. CSR Discovery Leadership examines this prospect of shared value consciousness, a new frontier for CSR leadership.
Diane L. Swanson is the Edgerley Family Chair of Distinction at Kansas State University and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University, USA. Recognized in several Who's Who bibliographical indices, she is an award-winning author and educator. Diane holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.
Chapter 1: The Transformative Potential of CSR Discovery Leadership.- Chapter 2: Society, Business Values, and the Social Contract.- Chapter 3: Executive Dissociation Unbefitting the Social Contract.- Chapter 4: Executive Association Befitting the Social Contract.- Chapter 5: Toward Shared Value Consciousness through CSR Discovery Leadership.- Chapter 6: Science, Values, and CSR Discovery Leadership.- Chapter 7: CSR Discovery Horizons.- Index.