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Title: An investigation of corporate responsibility practices amongst MNCs' subsidiaries in Sri Lanka : implementation and influencing factors
Author: Beddewela, Eshani Samanthi
ISNI:       0000 0004 2747 6084
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis examines the implementation of Community Corporate Responsibility (CCR) practices among ten subsidiaries of Multinational Corporations (MNCs) in Sri Lanka and the different factors which influence such implementation. Within this context, it specifically focuses on examining the internal factors residing within the MNC as an organisation and those factors which exist outside in the institutional environment of the host country. The study combines three broad theoretical domains: Corporate Responsibility implementation literature, International Business Strategy literature and Neo-Institutional theory. It uses a qualitative research methodology based upon the interview method. Qualitative interview data collected through sixty-two in-depth interviews with managers of the ten subsidiaries and key institutional actors in the host country were analysed using descriptive coding, interpretive coding and conceptualisation to arrive at the findings. The findings showed that non-specialist functional departments were mainly responsible for implementing CCR practices, indicating a lack of strategic and structural integration of CCR practices. The findings reinforces the dominant role of the MNC headquarters in implementing CCR practices within subsidiaries operating in a developing country, indicating that 'power' relationships between subsidiary and parent is an important denominator in internal organisational practices implementation. Furthermore, dynamic and complex relationships were found between the subsidiaries and the Sri Lankan government and other institutional actors indicating the existence of a strategic approach towards legitimisation by iii subsidiaries, using CCR practices. Based upon these findings, this research proposes the need to conduct future studies across different MNCs and their subsidiaries located in multiple developing countries to further examine the implementation of CCR practices as it would enable public policy makers and business managers to better influence the global CSR of MNCs.
Supervisor: Fairbrass, Jenny M.; Mohr, Alexander T. Sponsor: Bradford University School of Management
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Corporate responsibility ; Community corporate responsibility ; Institutions ; Multinational corporations ; Subsidiaries ; Legitimacy ; Sri Lanka