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SOM Research Seminar Series

March 10, 2021 @
12:45 p.m.
- 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time
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Date: March 10, 2021
Time: 12:45pm to 1:45pm EST
Type of Event: Online

Zoom link is below.

The School of Management invites you to attend its Research Seminar Series on March 10, 12:45pm – 1:45pm EST, with assistant professor Zhenyang (David) Tang.

David will present his research on the relationship between local firm’s CSR behavior and social distancing citizens in U.S. counties during the pandemic. The paper title and abstract, as well as Zoom information, are below.

Title: Do Socially Responsible Firms Foster Socially Responsible Citizens? A Study of Social Distancing During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Abstract: The literature on the interplay between geographic communities and organizations has largely ignored the role of individual residents.  In adopting a meso-perspective, we examine a potentially vital relationship between corporate conduct and pro-social behavior demanding sacrifice from individuals. Drawing on Weber (1922), we theorize that organizations in a community legitimize personal social conduct in three ways – by serving as role models, imparting norms and values, and routinizing forms of interaction.  We study the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) behavior by local firms and the social distancing (SD) of citizens in US counties during the Covid-19 pandemic, a core ethical outcome.  We argue and find that the residents of communities in which firms exhibit higher levels of CSR engaged in more SD during the Covid-19 pandemic.  This was true when firms were a) long-established, b) isomorphic in their CSR, and c) major employers and vendors.  Moreover, CSR relating to the treatment of employees and positive and negative extremes in CSR had an especially strong effect on SD.  Implications are drawn for the study of business ethics, as modeled by CSR, as a force for ethical personal behavior and public health in communities.

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SOM Faculty Research Seminar

Time: 12:45-1:45PM March 10, 2021

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March 10, 2021
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.