Business social responsibility: Perspectives of businesses and social workers

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This article compares the attitudes of social workers and business employees regarding the community involvement of businesses and the role of social workers in this involvement. The study, based on a structured questionnaire, was conducted in Israel and consisted of 316 participants from two cohorts: social workers and business employees. The principal findings show that social workers are more inclined than business employees to recommend that social workers increase their involvement in business social responsibility (BSR); business employees are more likely than social workers to advocate that the latter assume managerial functions; both groups support a low level of influence for social workers on decision-making processes and a role of exchange of knowledge rather than full partnership. The discussion addresses the implications of the findings for increasing social workers' involvement in BSR and cooperation with the business sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-273
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • Businesses
  • Community
  • Social responsibility
  • Social workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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