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This book presents a new governance framework for socially oriented business management. It offers a detailed and comprehensive analysis of socially oriented business and its key stakeholders, and introduces a managerial model that is both sustainable in the long term and effective.

The book first provides an overview of these organizations and compares the most common managerial systems. It then introduces the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, and explains the fundamentals for action by and within the business. Based on this framework, it develops an integrated approach for the management of the socially oriented enterprise and explains the interplay between the central drivers for this management model and how to put the model into practice. The book is a valuable resource for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in sustainable management.



Chapter 1. Introduction

The crisis characterizing economic systems in the current historical period is truly deep and acute. This condition has fueled and continues to fuel a growing number of debates on its causes and what paths to follow to exit the crisis as best and as quickly as possible.
Giuseppe Argiolas

Chapter 2. Organizations and the Contexts in Which They Operate

This chapter is devoted to providing the basic cognitive elements from which we will draw as the work develops in successive chapters. Beginning from the premise that what we are today largely depends on our history.
Giuseppe Argiolas

Chapter 3. Comparing Managerial Systems

In this chapter we will consider the main managerial theories, pointing out their most significant strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of this analysis, among its other aspects, is to bring to light a close correlation between the proponents’ anthropological perspectives and their proposed managerial practices.
Giuseppe Argiolas

Chapter 4. Corporate Social Responsibility

This chapter addresses the theme of corporate social responsibility, highlighting the contributions of the most relevant theoretical perspectives and the participation offered by the principal supranational and international institutions. In the analysis of the various contributions we will consider the necessity of going beyond an approach oriented towards single acts of social responsibility or mere philanthropy in favor of one that is able to internalize a perspective that holistically reconsiders what it means to be and to operate a company. Such a reconsideration can only begin from the elements that are increasingly recognized as crucial in determining the success of companies and organizations: persons, with their knowledge and intelligence.
Giuseppe Argiolas

Chapter 5. The Foundations of Action by the Company and in the Company

This chapter dwells on these aspects, which are as important in word as they are often overlooked in fact. We will focus on some questions debated even in the most recent managerial theories in strategic settings and in human capital management.
Giuseppe Argiolas

Chapter 6. Management for a Corporate Social Orientation

In this chapter we will propose a managerial model that can offer companies a realistic and attainable path to internalizing and implementing an authentic social orientation; this is the result of a directional perspective and managerial practice that are able to give value to values.
Giuseppe Argiolas

Chapter 7. Conclusions

The specific element that characterizes and distinguishes businesses from other organizations—the production of goods and services for the market—requires a constant commitment to researching strategic and operational perspectives and appropriate types of governance that are conducive to attaining a sustainable and lasting competitive advantage. Starting from this premise, a company must identify and focus attention and action on the foundational elements that can define its orientation.
Giuseppe Argiolas
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