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New corporate responsibilities in the digital economy

Grigore, Georgiana, Molesworth, Mike and Watkins, Rebecca 2016. New corporate responsibilities in the digital economy. Corporate Social Responsibility in the Post-Financial Crisis Era, Palgrave, pp. 41-62.

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Theories that relate to digital technology and corporate social responsibility (CSR) have been dominated by online CSR communication and disclosure practices. Almost entirely absent in such CSR research is a consideration of new areas of responsibility that are emerging from digital technologies and related online communication platforms. We argue that responsibility in the use of digital technologies requires more than just legal compliance. We therefore ask what it means to be a responsible corporation in the digital economy. We then establish an extended agenda for responsibility in the digital economy by identifying potential areas of irresponsibility and highlighting new responsibilities related to, for example, use of consumer data, service continuation, control of digital goods, and the use of artificial intelligence. In doing so, we address a need to theorize responsibilities derived from the use of technologies that have been previously silent in CSR literature or only tangentially discussed within the domain of CSR communication, even as they are a focus in other fields (especially legal compliance, or organizational performance).

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Palgrave
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2017 01:59

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