A study of the impact of the changing socio-political environments on the conception of social responsibility in large business corporations since early 1980's

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A study of the impact of the changing socio-political environments on the conception of social responsibility in large business corporations since early 1980's

 

Author: Tang, Lung-wah, Edward
Title: A study of the impact of the changing socio-political environments on the conception of social responsibility in large business corporations since early 1980's
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1998
Subject: Hong Kong (China) -- Social conditions
Hong Kong (China) -- Politics and government
Social responsibility of business -- China -- Hong Kong
Business -- Political aspects -- China -- Hong Kong
Industries -- Social aspects -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: vii, 209 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1436972
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2823
Abstract: Having been with the Hong Kong Civil Service for over 25 years of which 20 in the Home Affairs Department, I have had the benefit of witnessing many of the political changes and observed many social changes as well. It was observed that the political and social changes had led the public administration undergo a series of great and unprecedented changes in many aspects. The most spectacular being that the public administration had met with the thrust in being opened up to the elected public officials of the 3-tier political system namely: the Legislative Council, the two Municipal Councils, the District Boards and also the local boards and committees. The public administration had been put under the close scrutiny, monitoring and questioning by the elected public officials and even the interest groups and residents' organizations through many channels. However, on the other hand, it was also noticed that generally large corporations/organizations in the business field seemed to have received similar, if not the same, experience and impacts as did their counterparts in the public sector. Projects and developments planned and pursued by large business corporations were seen to have been subjected to pressures from the elected public officials and the general public as well. They became increasingly accountable to the public even though approval for their projects and developments from the public bureaucrats was obtained. In other words, the social and political changes had caused considerable impacts on business sector on the conception of social responsibility in large business corporations. Hence, it is the purpose of this Paper to look into the issue at greater depth to see if the above observations have taken place in the last two decades roughly since early 1980s. The reason for taking early 1980s as the watershed for this study is because of the beginning of the unprecedented though gradual changes in the political scene in Hong Kong since then.

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