Mindful-leadership's contribution to Corporate Social Responsibility objectives: A qualitative study

by Magyari, Ronald F., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2015, 174 pages; 3742832

Abstract:

Sound Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies might very well prove indispensable for the 21st century organization and leader. Society at large has brought significant influence to bear on modern organizations to create sound CSR policies. Moreover, it falls on today’s leaders to adhere to and facilitate successful implementation of such policies, policies that often fly in the face of traditional organizational norms. The experiences of executive leaders indicate that CSR policies and strategies can play an invaluable role in driving organizational success and longevity. The study utilized an exploratory qualitative inquiry approach which allowed access to the personal experiences of 20 executive leaders of small to midsize organizations across industry lines; leaders experienced and knowledgeable of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Inductive analysis was used to identify themes and patterns, and ATLAS.ti 7 qualitative software provided a means to organize and retrieve data. All of which was in support of the research question: “How might mindfulness leadership enhance an organization’s ability to meet the demands of Corporate Social Responsibility objectives?” Generally speaking, the study’s findings were consistent with the literature reviewed for this research project. Results strongly indicated that leadership is a critical factor associated with performance outcomes. The literature review well supported the need for leadership to be current and apprised of contemporary challenges linked to organizational success and longevity; and organizations must identify leadership frameworks conducive to driving performance. The research showed that mindfulness leadership is one such framework that shows promise as an effective driver for the accomplishment of organizational CSR objectives. Data analysis further revealed four themes that captured the essence of the study, and thereby revealed challenges facing contemporary leaders endeavoring to accomplish CSR objectives: effective communication, change readiness, continuous learning, and decision making. Moreover, it was shown that the role society at large plays has dramatically changed over time, particularly as global implications have become influential in an ever-growing international market place.

AdviserJay Avella
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBusiness administration; Management
Publication Number3742832

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