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Corporate Social Responsibility: Ett ansvarsfullt ledarskap
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis discusses the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, which means that companies are taking a voluntary accountability towards the society with a view to improve it. Today's stakeholders and people in general have higher demands and expectations on businesses and its products or services than before. This is driving more and more companies to consider questions like voluntary responsibility so that they can maintain public confidence. Confidence towards the banking sector is particularly important to avoid financial crises. Our study focuses on leadership impact on CSR. We aim to examine whether leaders in major Swedish banks can use their leadership to influence CSR.

This study is based on a qualitative research method and the deductive approach was applied. Our primary data was collected through four personal interviews with five respondents. We achieved our purpose by exploring managers'/leaders' attitudes about and interest in CSR. Thereby, we got an insight in whether leaders can create conditions for sustainable development. The four major banks that we have been studying are Handelsbanken, Nordea, SEB and Swedbank, all of them located in Halmstad. The result was analyzed based on the concepts of communication, business ethics/values and leadership.

The study has demonstrated that leadership possessed by the leaders within major Swedish banks can be used to influence CSR, using three factors: communication, values and transformational leadership. This way, a leader may be able to create a solid base for CSR, increase understanding and also motivate employees' commitment and awareness of CSR.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 64 p.
Keyword [sv]
företagsekonomi, business economics, hållbar utveckling, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, CSR, socialt ansvar, social responsibility, ekonomiskt ansvar, economic responsibility, miljömässigt ansvar, environmental responsibility, ledarskap, leadership, kommunikation, communication, företagsetik, business ethics, värderingar, values
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-15606OAI: diva2:426369
Subject / course
Leadership (Business)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-06-30 Created: 2011-06-23 Last updated: 2011-08-01Bibliographically approved

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