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Pressure, ideology, structure and practice: An analysis of corporate responsibility

Darren G Spielman, University of Massachusetts Amherst


In this dissertation, I present and test a theory of corporate responsibility. The theory predicts that corporations with “social and economic” ideologies (as opposed to “economic” ideologies) and “people-centered” human resource practices should behave more responsibly toward the outside world. I assessed ideology from annual reports and human resource practices from a survey mailed to the top human resource executive at 651 large, publicly traded corporations. Independent ratings of the social records of corporations provided measures of company behavior. The study controlled for industry, financial status, and size of company. Results provide some support for the theory. Above and beyond control variables, the additive effects of ideology and human resource practices predicted corporate responsibility. Ideology independently predicted company behavior.

Subject Area

Social psychology|Occupational psychology|Management

Recommended Citation

Spielman, Darren G, "Pressure, ideology, structure and practice: An analysis of corporate responsibility" (2000). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI9978558.