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A theoretical framework on CSR and urban development

Tsavdaridou, Maria and Metaxas, Theodore (2015): A theoretical framework on CSR and urban development.

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The role of enterprises in society is without doubt controversial nowadays due to the economic crisis. Although enterprises offer infrastructures, jobs, innovative solutions to local communities their primary goal is profit in order to be competitive and sustainable. This article examines the implementation of urban development projects under the CSR strategy and provides case studies of European enterprises that offered successful urban development projects in their local communities. There are certain elements that influence how an enterprise sets their CSR strategy and when it comes to urban development projects the characteristics of the city they operate play an important role along with the core CSR strategy of the company. In order to elaborate on the link between CSR and urban development and enhance the limited bibliography on this issue a theoretical framework is set with the elements needed for the enterprise to develop a successful project of urban development and a successful CSR activity and how finally the city absorbs this kind of CSR practices. There are many limitations also that enterprises face when try to develop such challenging projects. This article aims to designate on the importance of partnership and ethics and how CSR is a multi dimensional tool for cities to use for their benefit.

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