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Title: Motives underlying social and environmental reporting in Thailand : a comparison of stakeholder salience for the manufacturing and energy sectors
Author: Tulardilok, Tulaya
ISNI:       0000 0004 8499 3985
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2017
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This PhD study investigates the motivations underpinning social and environmental reporting (SER) in local Thai listed companies, focusing on the energy and manufacturing sectors. In Thailand, the awareness of and response to CSR/sustainability issues, including motives underlying social and environmental reporting (SER), can be largely seen in the efforts linked to the overseas operations of multinational companies, whereas those of Thai local companies appear to be underdeveloped and not well established. In addition, in 2015, Thailand joined the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is aimed at enabling the free movement of goods, services and capital among ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) adherents. The unique characteristics of the Thai context provide a great opportunity to investigate and understand the reasons behind the initiation of social and environmental reporting (SER) by Thai companies. The empirical study focuses on two different business sectors of Thai listed companies: energy and manufacturing. Affiliation to an industry sector is considered to be one of the factors related to the concept of the 'social contract', used to explain how the different social contracts specific to each of these two business sectors have influenced their SER. This research adopts the stakeholder identification and salience theory developed by Mitchell et al. (1997) as an explanatory lens. In particular, this study uses the model of stakeholder identification and salience through an exploration of stakeholder attributes - namely: power, legitimacy, and urgency. The primary research method chosen to collect the empirical data for this research was that of semi-structured interviews; this was complemented by content analysis. The details emerging from this study reflect that different stakeholders hold different levels of power, legitimacy and urgency in motivating SER in energy and manufacturing companies. However, the study also finds that a number of stakeholders share similar kinds of influence in motivating companies from these two sectors to produce SER in the Thai context. By distinguishing, comparing and contrasting between these two business sectors, this study provides useful insights that contribute to the advancement of the existing literature in both theoretical and empirical terms.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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