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Mapping the Sustainable Territory: Swedish CSR initiatives in the Chinese market
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the thesis is to provide a deeper understanding regarding how the phenomenon Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) affects Swedish multinational corporations (MNCs), in relation to competitive advantage in the Chinese market. The research demonstrates the relevance of investigating the topic, as the aspects of CSR are interchanging. The reviewed literature highlights aspects incorporated in the phenomenon, as well as internationalization, strategy and competitive advantage. In addition, the three dimensions of CSR: economic, environmental and social, are considered fundamental pillars in the analysis of sustainable business behavior. The research is conducted through an explanatory nature, in order to comprehensively describe the included variables and their correlation, the connection is further shown in the conceptual framework, established with the literature review as a basis.

The implementation of a qualitative research method ensures an in-depth perspective of the participants’ perceptions and experiences. For the empirical findings, four Swedish MNCs active in the Chinese market are interviewed regarding their CSR initiatives, in order to provide a meaningful insight for the analysis. The analysis of the thesis involves a discussion of the similarities, and also the differences, between the literature review and empirical findings, in accordance to the conceptual framework. Following, the conclusion will answer the research question and provide implications, as well as suggestions for further research. The purpose of study is to further close the research gap regarding the relation between Swedish CSR initiatives and competitive advantage in the Chinese market.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Internationalization, Competitive advantage, Swedish MNCs, Chinese market, Resource-based view, Triple Bottom Line, International Business
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75138OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-75138DiVA, id: diva2:1214209
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Business Administration - Marketing
Educational program
International Business Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2018-06-12 Created: 2018-06-06 Last updated: 2018-06-12Bibliographically approved

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