Corporate social responsibility architecture and project alignments: A study of the Ghanaian construction industry

Lichtenstein, S. and Badu, E. and Owusu-Manu, D.-G. and Edwards, D.J. and Holt, G.D. (2013) Corporate social responsibility architecture and project alignments: A study of the Ghanaian construction industry. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 11 (3). pp. 334-353. ISSN 17260531 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Purpose: The developed world increasingly expects corporations to support the community under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) banner. For developing countries, the situation differs and CSR has yet to be fully embraced. This study aims to examine the CSR in the Ghanaian construction industry (GCI). Design/methodology/approach: A multi-stage methodology employs descriptive statistics, the t-test and χ2-test to analyse survey data. Findings: Results highlight three broad classifications of CSR project typology: social; infrastructure; and environmental. Ghanaian firms are found more aligned to social/intangible CSR projects than tangible ones. Research limitations/implications: The study is geographically focussed, but the findings hold relevance to all the developing countries. The findings hold implications for policy making and planning in terms of how Ghanaian communities might integrate corporations within their geographical catchments, to enhance sustainable, local development. Originality/value: This is the first in a series of CSR research within the Ghanaian context. It holds value for others conducting similar work within the developing world. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction industry, Corporate social responsibility, Sustainable construction, Corporate social responsibilities (CSR), Descriptive statistics, Design/methodology/approach, Developing world, Local development, Multi-stage, Policy making, Sustainable construction, Catchments, Developing countries, Construction industry
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K200 Building
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Integrated Design Construction
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 14:03
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 14:03
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2608

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