Organizations driving positive social change:a review and an integrative framework of change processes

Stephan, Ute, Patterson, Malcolm, Kelly, Ciara and Mair, Johanna (2016). Organizations driving positive social change:a review and an integrative framework of change processes. Journal of Management, 42 (5), pp. 1250-1281.

Abstract

Academic and practitioner interest in how market-based organizations can drive positive social change (PSC) is steadily growing. This paper helps to recast how organizations relate to society. It integrates research on projects stimulating PSC – the transformational processes to advance societal well-being – which is fragmented across different streams of research in management and related disciplines. Focusing on the mechanisms at play in how organizations and their projects affect change in targets outside of organizational boundaries, we 1) clarify the nature of PSC as a process, 2) develop an integrative framework that specifies two distinct PSC strategies, 3) take stock of and offer a categorization scheme for change mechanisms and enabling organizational practices, and 4) outline opportunities for future research. Our conceptual framework differentiates between surface- and deep-level PSC strategies understood as distinct combinations of change mechanisms and enabling organizational practices. These strategies differ in the nature and speed of transformation experienced by the targets of change projects and the resulting quality (pervasiveness and durability), timing, and reach of social impact. Our findings provide a solid base for integrating and advancing knowledge across the largely disparate streams of management research on Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, and Base of the Pyramid, and open up important new avenues for future research on organizing for PSC and on unpacking PSC processes.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206316633268
Divisions: Aston Business School > Economics finance & entrepreneurship
Additional Information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainability,positive organizational behavior,corporate social responsibility,social entrepreneurship,base of the pyramid,Change management
Published Date: 2016-07
Authors: Stephan, Ute ( 0000-0003-4514-6057)
Patterson, Malcolm
Kelly, Ciara
Mair, Johanna

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