Frank de Bakker

Frank de Bakker
IESEG School of Management · Department of Management & Society

Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility

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Introduction
I am a Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at IESEG School of Management, Lille, France where I am also co-ordinating the IESEG Center for Organizational Responsibility, ICOR. My research focuses on the intersection of institutional theory, social movement theory and corporate political activity, specifically concerning interactions between NGOs and firms. How NGOs try to impact firms and norms on issues of corporate social responsibility, and how firms deal with these efforts are central themes. I am a co-editor of Business & Society and sit on several editorial boards such as Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies and Organization & Environment.
Additional affiliations
September 2016 - present
IESEG School of Management
Position
  • Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility
September 2013 - June 2014
Copenhagen Business School
Position
  • Professor
September 2008 - August 2016
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (95)
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In the issue-selling literature, little attention has been paid to the struggles of those managers who try to sell social issues to potential issue buyers who are not particularly sensitive to the normative elements of these social issues. In this study, we examine the case of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and concomitant dynamics of sellin...
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In this paper, we study conveners' work in establishing change towards sustainability through cross‐sector social partnerships (CSSPs). Applying a paradox lens, we offer a new perspective on tensions in CSSPs: These are not hurdles or challenges to overcome in order to reach success but endure throughout the entire CSSP process. This insight change...
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We know little about how social entrepreneurs try to induce enactment of their cause, especially when this cause is difficult to embrace. Through a longitudinal study, we analyze how anti-plastic pollution social entrepreneurs use multimodal (visual and verbal) interactions to influence their targets and promote their cause. Our findings reveal tha...
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Strengthening sustainability in global supply chains requires producers, buyers, and nonprofit organizations to collaborate in transformative cross-sector partnerships (CSPs). However, the role played by nature in such partnerships has been left largely unattended in literature on CSPs. This article shows how strategizing nature helps CSPs reach th...
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Social innovations are urgently needed as we confront complex social problems. As these social problems feature substantial interdependencies among multiple systems and actors, developing and implementing innovative solutions involve the re-negotiating of settled institutions or the building of new ones. In this introductory article, we introduce a...
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This Special Issue commemorates the 60th anniversary of Business & Society with nine rigorous literature reviews that address important societal problems and provide opportunities for theory development in the business and society field; in this introduction we present an overview of the Special Issue. With the theme “Building on Its Past,” the nin...
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This Special Issue proposes bridging two fundamental – and, so far, disconnected – conversations in the business and society literature: one on socio-ecological systems, and the other on cross-sector partnerships (CSPs). We propose to connect these two conversations by inviting scholars to study the linkages that may take place, at multiple scales...
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Organizations are increasingly communicating online with their key stakeholders. Chats on social media platforms, videos, and online meetings constitute key spaces for strategy communication and for the legitimation of organizations and their activities. In these digital spaces, emotions play an important role in conveying messages and convincing p...
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Social movement organisations and "for future" movements
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Motivation crowding theory examines how external intervention may undermine intrinsic motivation. Earlier research has shown that intrinsic motivation plays a decisive role in fostering environmental performance of households and consumers, but that external pressures may “crowd out” the intrinsic motivations. Similar patterns could be expected in...
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Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) have deployed various strategies in motivating businesses to source sustainably, such as the co-development and promotion of sustainability certification and direct collaboration in cross-sector partnerships (CSPs). This is an important current-day priority, given the ambitions set out in the Sustainable Development G...
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download the article from: https://management-aims.com/index.php/mgmt/article/view/4258/10026 Organizations need legitimacy to be able to operate effectively. Consequently, and just like their participants, multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) need to respond when faced with legitimacy challenges from external parties. We build on current theory t...
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Introducing and implementing corporate sustainability poses many challenges to business organizations. In this longitudinal, inductive study, we focus on how such challenges are handled in a Dutch bank that is developing its sustainability policies. We examine why there is such a high degree of tension and conflict within the organization and ident...
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Although the literature on multi-stakeholder initiatives for sustainability has grown in recent years, it is scattered across several academic fields, making it hard to ascertain how individual disciplines, such as business ethics, can further contribute to the debate. Based on an extensive review of the literature on certification and principle-ba...
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Although the literature on multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) for sustainability has grown in recent years, it is scattered across several academic fields, making it hard to ascertain how individual disciplines such as business ethics can further contribute to the debate. Based on an extensive review of the literature on certification and princip...
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We discuss two lines of research that emerged at the crossroads of social movement studies and organization theory, focusing on organizations and organizing, respectively. We speak of ‘organizations’ and ‘organizing’ to emphasize that the ‘social movement/organizations’ nexus is distinct from the ‘social movement/organizing’ nexus. In exploring thi...
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In this chapter, we examine the contrasting organizational responses of two polytechnics in Portugal to new research policy demands in higher education. The research demands were developed as part of the new European policy agenda aimed at transforming the European Union into the most competitive and dynamic knowledge economy in the world (Amaral &...
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The role of higher education fields in organizational adaptation to new institutional demands has been systematically neglected in higher education literature. We fill this gap by studying how the higher education field conditioned the experience and subsequent adaptation to the new role of research in Portuguese polytechnics. We draw on neo-instit...
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Business has many influences on society and increasingly society aims to have more, and more direct, influence on business as well. A steady stream of research speaks to these business-society interactions, including the widespread attention to stakeholders and the way they influence, and are influenced by, business organizations (cf. Sharma & Henr...
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This article examines the factors that influence the propensity of corporations to engage with NGOs. Drawing from resource dependency theory (RDT) and related theories of social networks and the resource-based view of the firm, the authors develop a series of hypotheses that draw from this conceptual foundation to predict a range of factors that in...
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Although Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has received ample attention in the literature, less is known about the micro-processes involved in organizing and implementing CSR-related practices within organizations. Our study focuses on a category of actors central to these processes: we highlight the role of CSR managers as drivers of CSR imple...
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Due to the recent global financial crisis the legitimacy of banks worldwide has been severely challenged. For these banks, one way to regain societal trust and legitimacy is to pay more attention to corporate sustainability. To manage legitimacy, different strategies have been proposed in the literature. However, these legitimacy strategies mainly...
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In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, the legitimacy required to structure a new field does not only come from building stability within the field but also from managing struggles between different field constituents’ institutional demands. We open the black box of structuration to study the micro-practices in the intentional crea...
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It has recently been argued that CSR is ‘political’. It has been neglected however, that firms also operate politically in a traditional sense, in seeking to secure favorable political conditions for their businesses. We argue that there are potential synergies between CSR and CPA that are often overlooked by firms and that recognition of these syn...
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The rise of Internet-mediated communication poses possibilities and challenges for organisation studies, also in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and business and society interactions. Although social media are attracting more and more attention in this domain, websites also remain an important channel for CSR debate. In this paper...
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This paper investigates different modes of organizing for corporate social responsibility (CSR). Based on insights from organization theory, we theorize two ways to organize for CSR. “Complete” organization for CSR happens within businesses and depends on the availability of certain organizational elements (e.g., membership, hierarchy, rules, monit...
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The relationships between social movements and civil society on the one hand, and the corporate world on the other hand, are often shaped by conflict over the domination of economic, cultural and social life. How this conflict plays out, in current as well as in historical times and places, is the central question that unites the papers in this spe...
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One increasingly important development for which firms need to find innovative solutions is the growing attention for corporate social responsibility (CSR). The shaping of CSR can be seen as a process in which firms and a variety of other actors are involved. This paper highlights the role of activists, and especially the role of networks of activi...
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Knowledge on the Web comes in ever larger amounts and in a wider variety of structure and semantics that ever before. In order to exploit this knowledge in different applications, many researchers investigate techniques for making sense of Web data. Objects that the techniques try to identify and extract are, for example, people, organizations, and...
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The sequel to the controversy between Heineken and several NGOs raises questions on how far a company must go toward satisfying the demands and expectations of external stakeholders, in this case NGOs. In this commentary I discuss two elements of the case: the role of legitimacy as important factor in the advancing demands made of the company and t...
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IHC Caland designed, built and operated material, ships and complete systems for offshore oil and gas, dredging and shipping industries. The relatively strong economic growth in Southeast Asia offered opportunities for IHC Caland and other specialised suppliers. In the summer of 1998, an IHC Caland subsidiary contracted for an offshore project in B...
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IHC Caland designed, built and operated material, ships and complete systems for offshore oil and gas, dredging and shipping industries. The relatively strong economic growth in Southeast Asia offered opportunities for IHC Caland and other specialised suppliers. In the summer of 1998, an IHC Caland subsidiary contracted for an offshore project in B...
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Purpose – Activist groups apply a range of tactics in order to improve labour conditions in the global sports and apparel industry. The accumulation of these tactics leads to the build-up of pressure on firms within this industry (brands, retailers) to change their policies and activities on labour issues in their supply chains. The purpose of this...
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Direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs has been a heavily contested issue over the past decade, touching on several issues of responsibility facing the pharmaceutical industry. Much research has been conducted on DTCA, but hardly any studies have discussed this topic from a corporate social responsibility (CSR) perspective. In...
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This essay reviews research at the nexus of organizational and social movement studies. It begins by surveying research drawing on social movement theories to explain some organizational process, then surveys research drawing on organizational theories to explain some social movement process. The essay concludes with several suggestions for future...
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Corporations increasingly pay attention to issues of social responsibility, but their policies and procedures to articulate such responsibilities are not just a result of the good will of top management. Often, such policies and procedures are devised because some stakeholders raised their voice on issues relating to the interests of employees, inv...
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If stakeholder theory is to become a full theory of business—society relationships, it will have to develop a better understanding of processes by which stakeholders may gain and hold influence over firms. A better understanding of the political processes involved is required. This paper—as well as the papers in this special issue—takes a political...
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The role different types of organizations need to play in the pursuit of sustainable development has received ample attention in the literature, ranging from broad studies on new production and consumption systems and services (Montalvo Corral 2003; O’Brien 1999; Roy 2000) to studies highlighting specific firms and industries (Larson 2000; Little 2...
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Using insights from the social movement literature and institutional change theory, we explore how activism influences corporate social change activities. As the responsibility for addressing a variety of social issues is transferred from the state to the private sector, activist groups increasingly challenge firms to take up such issues, seeking t...
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In recent years the integrity of corporate leaders has increasingly been questioned as allegations of moral misconduct or dubious decisions have been made. Indeed, integrity is an important element of leadership. We develop a theory-based model for judging a corporate leader’s integrity and address the questions: What are the criteria for judging?...
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Different initiatives have been proposed to enhance the level of sustainability in the tourism industry. In the Netherlands, the professional association of tour operators has developed and implemented a product-oriented environmental management system among its members. Contrary to most initiatives in the tourism industry, this scheme is mandatory...
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Recently, the authors presented a bibliometric analysis of research and theory on corporate social responsibility and corporate social performance, which included a list of frequently cited articles in these fields. This list caused some questions, and therefore this research note aims to supplement and discuss the findings presented in the origina...
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Corporate giving as an expression of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been researched less than the more general theme of CSR. In addition, much of the research in this area focuses on countries with an Anglo cultural tradition. The study outlined in this paper offers a comprehensive longitudinal study of corporate giving in the Netherland...
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Social responsibilities of businesses and their managers have been discussed since the 1950s. Yet no consensus about progress has been achieved in the corporate social responsibility/corporate social performance literature. In this article, we seek to analyze three views on this literature. One view is that development occurred from conceptual vagu...