Stakeholder interactions and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices: Evidence from the Zambian copper mining sector

Phiri, O., Mantzari, E. and Gleadle, P. 2019. Stakeholder interactions and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices: Evidence from the Zambian copper mining sector. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. 32 (1), pp. 26-54. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-04-2016-2540

TitleStakeholder interactions and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices: Evidence from the Zambian copper mining sector
TypeJournal article
AuthorsPhiri, O., Mantzari, E. and Gleadle, P.
Abstract

Purpose – This paper critically explores the interactions of key stakeholders and their impact upon CSR practices in the Zambian copper mining sector.
Design/methodology/approach – This case study of the Zambian copper mining sector utilises an overall political economy framework, focusing on power asymmetries between the state and MNCs. Within this context, we draw on both stakeholder salience theory and legitimacy theory in order to explore the interactions of key stakeholders and their impact upon CSR practices.
Findings – We find power asymmetries between the state and MNCs existing according to a number of different dimensions which are exacerbated by a number of factors including divisions within the government itself as a key stakeholder. However, despite the existence of stark power asymmetries, we find that in the Zambian context, there are some possibilities for agency on the part of civil society, and so that legitimacy theory has some (albeit limited) explanatory potential.
Originality/value - The paper contributes to the literature on CSR in developing countries by exploring these issues in a critical case, that of the Zambian copper mining sector on which the economy is so heavily dependent.

KeywordsCorporate social responsibility; mining sector; civil society; the state; developing countries; Zambia.
JournalAccounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal
Journal citation32 (1), pp. 26-54
ISSN0951-3574
Year2019
PublisherEmerald
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Publisher's version
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-04-2016-2540
Publication dates
Published30 Jul 2018
Published online30 Jul 2018
Published in print2019

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