Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility : Mapping the Conceptual Structure of Research
Keywordsleadership, corporate social responsibility, CSR, bibliometrics, science mapping, co-word analysis, keywords co-occurrence analysis, Scopus, VOSviewer
AbstractPurpose: The aim of the study is to identify, with the use of co-word analysis, and explore leading thematic areas in research investigating intersections between leadership and corporate social responsibility. The research process is focused around the following study questions: (1) What are the leading thematic areas in research on intersections between leadership and corporate social responsibility?, (2) Are there similarities and differences between leading topics identified through co-word analysis with the findings from previous studies employing systematic literature review and research topic profiling methodologies? (3) What is the usefulness of co-word analysis for mapping leading thematic areas comparing to systematic literature reviews and research topic profiling?
Design/methodology/approach: The study employs the method of keywords co-occurrence analysis, which is a type of co-word analysis, categorized among science mapping methods. The bibliometric data for analysis are retrieved from Scopus. The analysis and visualization of keywords co-occurrence is supported by VOSviewer software.
Findings: The four following thematic areas have been identified in research production on intersections between leadership and corporate social responsibility: (1) sustainable strategy and sustainable development, (2) leadership and ethics, (3) humans in the organisational
context, and (4) responsible leaders in sustainable and responsible organisations. Thematic areas identified through co-word analysis show similarities with the findings from previous mapping studies conducted with the use of systematic literature review and research topic profiling. More similarity is visible in the case of research topic profiling, which likewise co-word analysis is categorized among bibliometric methods. As a method used for mapping thematic structure of a research field, co-word analysis is found to show more advantages than research topic profiling and systematic literature reviews.
Research and methodological implications: The study contributes to the body of knowledge through identifying leading thematic areas in research on intersections between leadership and corporate social responsibility. It is also valuable from the methodological point of view as it gives the chance to discuss advantages and disadvantages of various research methods employed for mapping the conceptual structure of a research field.
Originality/value: The added value of the study is mostly of theoretical and methodological character. The study seems to be the first attempt to map the conceptual structure of the analysed research field with the use of keywords co-occurrence analysis. It also compares and contrasts the findings from various methods used for mapping the conceptual structure of the field.
Paper type: Review.
Acedo, F. J., Barroso, C., Casanueva, C., & Galán, J. L. (2006). Co-authorship in management and organizational studies: An empirical and network analysis. Journal of Management Studies, 43(5), 957–983. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467–6486.2006.00625.x
Czerniachowicz, B., Lis, A., & Wieczorek-Szymańska, A. (2017). The relationships between leadership and corporate social responsibility: Systematic literature review. Journal of Corporate Responsibility and Leadership, 4(3), 9–23. https://doi.org/10.12775/jcrl.2017.014
Donohue, J. C. (1974). Understanding Scientific Literature: A Bibliometric Approach. MIT Press.
Du, S., Swaen, V., Lindgreen, A., & Sen, S. (2013). The roles of leadership styles in corporate social responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics, 114(1), 155–169. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551–012–1333–3
Gond, J. P., Igalens, J., Swaen, V., & El Akremi, A. (2012). The human resources contribution to responsible leadership: An exploration of the CSR-HR interface. Journal of Business Ethics, 98(S1), 115–132. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551–011–1028–1
Groves, K. S., & LaRocca, M. A. (2011). An empirical study of leader ethical values, transformational and transactional leadership, and follower attitudes toward corporate social responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics, 103(4), 511–528. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551–011–0877-y
Guo, D., Chen, H., Long, R., Lu, H., & Long, Q. (2017). A co-word analysis of organizational constraints for maintaining sustainability. Sustainability, 9(11), art. 1928. https://doi.org/10.3390/su9101928
Haffer, R. (2013). Mechanisms of the key positive organisational potential areas impact on organisational development. In M. J. Stankiewicz (Ed.), Positive Management: Managing the Key Areas of Positive Organisational Potential for Company Success (pp. 287–315). Scientifc Society for Organisation and Management.
He, Q. (1999). Knowledge discovery through co-word analysis. Library Trends, 48(1), 133–159.
Karaszewski, R., & Lis, A. (2014a). Przywództwo i CSR w kontekście pozytywnego potencjału organizacji. Marketing i Rynek, 5 (CD), 1056–1062.
Karaszewski, R., & Lis, A. (2014b). Is leadership an antecedent of corporate social responsibility? The study in the context of positive organisational potential. Journal of Corporate Responsibility and Leadership, 1(1), 53–70. https://doi.org/10.12775/jcrl.2014.004
Kessler, M. M. (1963). Bibliographic coupling between scientific papers. American Documentation, 14(1), 10–25. https://doi.org/doi:10.1002/asi.5090140103
Klincewicz, K., Żemigała, M., & Mijal, M. (2012). Bibliometria w zarządzaniu technologiami i badaniami naukowymi. Ministerstwo Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego.
Lis, A., & Cegliński, P. (2017). General research profiling for the role of leadership in corporate social responsibility. Marketing i Rynek, 11 (CD), 321–332.
Lis, A., Czerniachowicz, B., & Wieczorek-Szymańska, A. (2017). Leadership and corporate social responsibility: Research topic profiling. In A. Nalepka & A. Ujwary-Gil (Eds.), Business and Non-profit Organizations Facing Increased Competition and Growing Customers’ Demands (pp. 59–74). Wyższa Szkoła Biznesu - National Louis University.
Martinez, H., Jaime, A., & Camacho, J. (2012). Relative absorptive capacity: A research profiling. Scientometrics, 92(3), 657–674. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192–012–0652–6
Moed, H. F. (2005). Citation Analysis in Research Evaluation. Springer.
Porter, A. L., Kongthon, A., & Lu, J.-C. C. (2002). Research profiling: Improving the literature review. Scientometrics, 53(3), 351–370. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1014873029258
Small, H. (1973). Co‐citation in the scientific literature: A new measure of the relationship between two documents. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 24(4), 265–269. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.4630240406
Stankiewicz, M. J. (Ed.). (2013). Positive Management: Managing the Key Areas of Positive Organisational Potential for Company Success. Scientifc Society for Organisation and Management.
van Dierendonck, D. (2011). Servant leadership: A review and synthesis. Journal of Management, 37(4), 1228–1261. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206310380462
van Eck, N. J., & Waltman, L. (2010). Software survey: VOSviewer, a computer program for bibliometric mapping. Scientometrics, 84(2), 523–538. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192–009–0146–3
van Eck, N. J., & Waltman, L. (2018). VOSviewer Manual. Universiteit Leiden. https://www.vosviewer.com/documentation/Manual_VOSviewer_1.6.9.pdf
Vlachos, P. A., Panagopoulos, N. G., & Rapp, A. A. (2013). Feeling good by doing good: Employee CSR-induced attributions, job satisfaction, and the role of charismatic leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 118(3), 577–588. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551–012–1590–1
Waldman, D. A., Siegel, D. S., & Javidan, M. (2006). Components of CEO transformational leadership and corporate social responsibility. Journal of Management Studies, 43(8), 1703–1725. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467–6486.2006.00642.x
Wu, L. Z., Kwan, H. K., Yim, F. H., Chiu, R. K., & He, X. (2015). CEO ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility: A moderated mediation model. Journal of Business Ethics, 130(4), 819–831. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551–014–2108–9
Zhu, Y., Sun, L. Y., & Leung, A. S. M. (2014). Corporate social responsibility, firm reputation, and firm performance: The role of ethical leadership. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 31(4), 925–947. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10490–013–9369–1
Zupic, I., & Čater, T. (2015). Bibliometric methods in management and organization. Organizational Research Methods, 18(3), 429–472. https://doi.org/10.1177/1094428114562629
How to Cite
Number of views and downloads: 20
Number of citations: 0