PhD defence: Robert Strand

In Praise of Corporate Social Responsibility Bureaucracy

Torsdag, 28 juni, 2012 - 13:00 to 15:00

In order to obtain the PhD degree Robert Strand has submitted his PhD thesis.

In this dissertation Robert examines the phenomenon that many of the world’s largest corporations have recently established corporate social responsibility (CSR) bureaucracies which can include the installation of a Chief Officer of CSR or Sustainability position to their top management teams.

Robert introduces the Weberian distinction between formal and substantive rationality to the CSR literature as means through which to identify and describe tensions that become apparent when corporations engage with the CSR agenda.  Robert ultimately comes to consider the CSR bureaucracy as presenting a space for reflection by practitioners within the corporation through which tensions that arise from conflicting values and purposes can be identified, negotiated, and actions coordinated.



Professor Mette Morsing

Department of Intercultural Communication and Management

Associate Professor Eric Guthey

Department of Intercultural Communication and Management


Assessment Committee:


Associate Professor Maribel Blasco (Chair)

Department of Intercultural Communication and Management

Copenhagen Business School

Professor Jeremy Moon

Nottingham University Business School


Professor Anne Ellerup Nielsen


Aarhus University

Everyone is welcome to attend the defence, which will take place in English.




The defence will be followed by a reception in ‘Råvarebygningen’


The thesis is now available from Open Archive

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Sidst opdateret: Communications // 31/07/2018