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Social Good and Stakeholders' Engagement in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Case Study of AstraZeneca Corporate Responsibility Practices
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Private organizations are facing organizational field pressures which need to be addressed from an economic and ethical point of view in order to be sustainable in the long term. The present research study analyzes the role of the Pharmaceutical Industry as a provider of a social good and its responsibility towards its organizational field and stakeholder network. On the one hand it is argued that the mentioned industry should be profitable in order to make investments in research and development; while on the other hand, the industry must demonstrate engagement in the social sphere because of the good it commercializes, human health care. The Role of Organizational Policies, Codes and Structure will also be studied in order to deepen the understanding of the organization strategy towards Corporate Responsibility Practices.

This research project presents a case study of AstraZeneca Sweden Corporate Responsibility practices. In this study an Analytical Framework is developed based on institutional theory, the stakeholders' model, deliberative democracy model and business ethics. The mentioned framework will contribute to the understanding of AstraZeneca's Corporate Responsibility practices. The role of the company towards the demands from the outside world that causes the organization to respond and act will be addressed as well as the role of Policies, Codes and Organizational Structure in the Corporate Responsibility practice of the organization. We argue that the managerial response should be based upon a deliberative engagement method, in which all the interest parties are included in the decision making process.

The study is supported by two interviews which were conducted with key actors and extensive secondary data.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 58 p.
Keyword [en]
Corporate Social Responsibility, Institutional Theory, Organizational Field, Stakeholders, Stakeholders Engagement, Deliberative Democracy Model, Business Ethics, Pharmaceutical Industry, Social Good
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-6429OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-6429DiVA: diva2:225211
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Available from: 2009-06-30 Created: 2009-06-24 Last updated: 2009-06-30Bibliographically approved

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