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Corporate social responsibility in the forest products industry : an issues management approach

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dc.contributor.advisor Hansen, Eric
dc.creator Panwar, Rajat
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-11T21:18:32Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-11T21:18:32Z
dc.date.copyright 2008-06-05
dc.date.issued 2008-07-11T21:18:32Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/8940
dc.description Graduation date: 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract Business is a social institution and society has always designated a role for business which has been undergoing changes with changing societal values and paradigms. Thus while business has always had some responsibilities, the modern connotation of the words corporate social responsibility commonly refers to business assuming responsibilities in economic, social and environmental realms. Relevance and acceptance of this view regarding the role of business in society has been increasing and is especially important for sectors such as the forest products industry. However corporate social responsibility in the forest products industry is an under- investigated area, more so, in the US context. To fill this gap, this research investigates corporate social responsibility in the US forest products industry. This is done by first developing a general theoretical foundation about the concept of corporate social responsibility, followed by investigating students' perceptions regarding the success of the US forest products industry in fulfilling its economic, social and environmental responsibilities. These students were drawn from four academic majors at Oregon State University and University of Montana and their perceptions were assessed on items covering economic, social and environmental responsibilities that were developed in Finland. The results suggest that students with different academic majors perceive the US forest products industry's success in fulfilling its economic, social and environmental responsibilities differently. Differences in perceptions were also found between male and female students. Limitations associated with this study led to conducting a broader study by first identifying social and environmental issues associated with the US forest products industry and then assessing the perceptions of general society with regards to industry's performance on these issues. Issues were identified by developing a two stage framework that consists of key-informants interviews and a Delphi group decision-making technique. Societal perceptions were assessed relative to industry perceptions for developing insights into business and society interaction. This was done by developing an issues evaluation framework consisting the legitimacy gap and expectational gaps components. Results suggest that significant legitimacy and expectational gaps exist between societal respondents and industry managers, indicating managerial attention to the social and environmental issues facing the US forest products industry. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Corporate social responsibility en_US
dc.subject forest products industry en_US
dc.subject issues management en_US
dc.subject legitimacy gap analysis en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Forest products industry -- Social aspects -- United States -- Public opinion en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Forest products industry -- Environmental aspects -- United States -- Public opinion en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Forest products industry -- Public relations -- United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social responsibility of business -- United States -- Public opinion en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Issues management -- United States en_US
dc.title Corporate social responsibility in the forest products industry : an issues management approach en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Wood Science en_US
dc.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.degree.discipline Forestry en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Buckhouse, John
dc.contributor.committeemember Gitelman, Alix
dc.contributor.committeemember Kozak, Rob
dc.contributor.committeemember Morrell, Jeff


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