Business Behaving Well: Social Responsibility, from Learning to Doing

Business Behaving Well: Social Responsibility, from Learning to Doing

Business Behaving Well: Social Responsibility, from Learning to Doing

Business Behaving Well: Social Responsibility, from Learning to Doing


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Social responsibility has become a goal for both employers and employees in the business community. But what does the term “social responsibility” mean, and what paths must businesses take to make a positive impact on society? Business Behaving Well provides a rationale and roadmap that will enable businesses to integrate social responsibility into their purpose and operations. Using real-world examples from a broad variety of industries, including health care and education, Ron Elsdon and his contributors describe how nonprofit and public sector entities can structure effective relationships with private firms for everyone’s benefit. Addressing strategic issues as well as practical implementation, Business Behaving Well is for anyone who is actively engaged in the business world, individuals working in the public and nonprofit sectors, and students and faculty who study the relationship between business and social issues. Business Behaving Well provides both the tools and structure to apply principles of business social responsibility while inspiring readers with enthusiasm and the confidence to take action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612342948
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

RON ELSDON is a founder of Elsdon, Inc., Elsdon Organizational Renewal, and New Beginnings Career and College Guidance, specializing in providing career and workforce development for organizations and individuals. He is the author of Affiliation in the Workplace: Value Creation in the New Organization (Praeger, 2003) and the editor of Building Workforce Strength: Creating Value through Workforce and Career Development (Praeger, 2010). He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and lives in Danville, California.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction Ron Elsdon 1

Part I Principles, Framework, and Applications

1 Integrating Needs So We All Benefit Ron Elsdon 13

2 Corporate Social Responsibility: Lessons from Educational Practice in an Emerging Democracy Megan Roberts Roller Emet Mohr Pearl Sims 25

3 Understanding and Assessing Corporate Social Responsibility in Organizations Richard Vicenzi 40

4 Partnerships between the For-Profit and Nonprofit Sectors Barbara Langsdale 56

5 Government as a Business Partner in the Pursuit of Social Responsibility Andrew Domek 68

Part II Exploring Examples

6 Pro Bono Service: Driving Social Impact with Professional Skills Aaron Hurst 81

7 Public/Private Sector Collaboration Linda Williams 95

8 Healthcare as Social Responsibility: Implications for Business Deborah LeVeen 107

9 Social Responsibility, Healthcare Equity, and Workforce Planning Allyne Beach Laura Long Bob Redlo 138

10 Labor-Management Partnerships: A Collaborative Path toward Improved Business Results and Employee Satisfaction Zeth Ajemian 150

11 Financial Institutions and Social Responsibility Jim Leatherberry 168

Concluding Thoughts Ron Elsdon 183

Appendix A Income Inequality and Gross National Income per Capita 195

Appendix B Modeling Income, Spending, and Inequality 199

Notes 207

Selected Bibliography 239

Index 241

About the Contributors 251

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