The participation of businesses in community decision making

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Theoretical and practical trends of corporate citizenship indicate a deepening partnership between business and community. Following these developments, the article develops a model for the participation of businesses in decision-making processes as part of policy making and social-economic planning in the community. The article focuses on three levels: It examines the benefits and risks of such participation; identifies the typical dimensions of the participation processes; and finally, provides guidelines on how to develop a participation strategy based on the unique conditions of each business and community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-177
Number of pages34
JournalBusiness and Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2005


  • Business citizenship
  • Community
  • Corporate citizenship
  • Decision making
  • Participation
  • Social responsibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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