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Title: Corporate social responsibility, multinational oil companies and local communities in the Niger Delta : exploring relations, contracts and responsibilities
Author: Enuoh, Rebecca O.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7231 4041
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2016
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been a subject of increasing interest among academics and business practitioners globally. This thesis contributes to the discourse on CSR in the context of the Nigerian oil industry with regard to corporate-community relations. Specifically, the thesis constitutes a critique of CSR initiatives by multinational oil companies (MOC) operating in the Niger Delta region and their impact on the traditional livelihoods of local communities. The research attempts to understand the link between CSR and Psychological contract from the perspective of both the host communities and the MOCs. This thesis examines community perceptions, expectations and seeks to interpret the relationship between the host communities and the MOCs. The study provides empirical data through the use of twenty-eight semi-structured interviews and three focus groups. This is significant given that most of the research conducted into CSR in this region has been limited to descriptive and extensive theoretical explanations. Findings from the research suggest that the relationship between the host communities and the MOC is a very complex one and that the impact of the MOCs activities can be interpreted from the host communities’ negative actions. The thesis makes an important contribution to the emerging literature on social license to operate (SLO) and in what manner the local communities seek to enforce it. It also offers an alternative approach to CSR based on need assessment and stakeholder involvement rather than corporate obligations and expectations from society in general.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) ; Cross River State Government in Nigeria ; Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Host communities ; Niger Delta ; Nigeria ; Stakeholder theory ; Psychological contract ; Corporate social performance ; Livelihoods ; Crisis ; Corporate social responsibility (CSR) ; Multinational oil company (MOC)