Who gets to decide in CSR projects? The micro-foundations of CSR and intra-organizational power dynamics

Mai Chi Vu, Hyemi Shin

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


A micro-turn in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) research has been growing scholarly attention on what happens internally when CSR is developed and implemented in firms. However, the concept of power remains relatively neglected in micro-CSR studies. Therefore, in this study we ask, how individuals in CSR teams experience internal organizational power dynamics influenced by informal institutions in CSR implementation? Based on interviews with 56 team members in 16 CSR project teams from small-and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam, we explore the power dynamics of CSR implementation within organizations. Our findings identify three dimensions of power (relational, discursive, and performative) influencing different mechanisms of internal power dynamics (refraining, accumulating and coercing) in CSR implementation, leading to different perceived outcomes (integrated, fragmented, and symbolic) across CSR teams.

Original languageEnglish
Article number310659
JournalAcademy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings
Issue number1
Early online date24 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2023
Event83rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2023 - Boston, United States
Duration: 4 Aug 20238 Aug 2023

Cite this