Dissertation defense announcement, Claudia Schulz, Strategy and Business Policy
HEC PhD Candidate Claudia Schulz, Strategy and Business Policy
We are happy to announce PhD Candidate Claudia Schulz's dissertation defense on December 6, 2.00pm at HEC Paris.
Specialization: Strategy and Business Policy
Title: Why separating CSR Capability from CSR Signal matters: three essays
Rodolphe Durand, Professor, Strategy and Business Policy, HEC Paris
Abstract: This dissertation focuses on the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of firms; it is framed within the strategic CSR literature stream and seeks to understand how firms are evaluated in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility and introduces the notion of CSR Capability as an internal measure of a firm’s efficiency at undertaking CSR in addition and contrast to CSR signal – what a firm communicates to investors about its CSR undertakings. First, Chapter 1 examines whether a firm engages in strategic behaviour change after a controversy and subject to global negative media coverage and asks how a firm trades off between Capability building and Signal sending in response. Then Chapter 2 seeks to disentangle a firm’s CSR Capability from the firm’s CSR-related signals i.e., examining the relationship between CSR Capability and CSR Signal with two indicators of firm financial performance: accounting and market performance. Finally, Chapter 3 explores how CSR Capability influences environmental innovation.