Managing international firms in more socially responsible ways in developing countries represents a complex challenge. This book responds to this situation by examining in detail how several international firms have addressed this challenge in a number of developing areas. It incorporates thoroughly researched case studies of specific international businesses operating in South Africa, Madagascar, South Korea, Pakistan, Mexico and Colombia. This book examines what can be beneficially learned from these international businesses. Such experiences will be relevant for managers, scholars, and policy-makers interested in understanding better this phenomenon and interested in making a difference.
Frederick Bird holds the Concordla University (Montreal) Research Chair in Comparative Ethics. He is the co-editor of International Businesses and the Challenges of Poverty in the Developing World), the author of The Muted Conscience: Moral Silence and the Practice of Ethics in Business and co-author of Good Management: Business Ethics in Practice. He has also written a number of articles. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Divinity School, and the Graduate Theological Union. Emmanuel Raufflet is assistant professor in Management at HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His research concerns the changing relations between organizations and their social and natural environment. He has conducted research on forest management in Mexico (Cambio Institucional en el Manejo de los Bosques de Tlalmanalco, Mexico, Plaza y Valdes-UAM Editores: Mexico, 2004). A French and Canadian national, he has lived in Spain, Brazil, and Mexico. He is currently involved in social innovation projects for Canadian non governmental organizations active in international development. Joseph Smucker is Adjunct Professor and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordla University, Montreal, Canada. His research has been in the areas of industrialization, labour markets, international comparisons of labour market policies and their effects and, more recently, models of economic development. His publications include two books, Industrialization in Canada and The Sociology of Labour Markets and numerous articles in professional journals. His more recent publications have been co-authored works appearing in Work, Employment and Society, Work and Occupations, Relations Industrielle/Industrial Relations and The Canadian Journal of Sociology.