Contextualising and critically theorising corporate social responsibility reporting: dynamics of the late Mubarak era in Egypt

Osman, M., Gallhofer, S. and Haslam, J. (2021) Contextualising and critically theorising corporate social responsibility reporting: dynamics of the late Mubarak era in Egypt. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 74, 102166. (doi: 10.1016/

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This study offers an in-depth contextualisation and critical analysis of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting embedded in the rich context of Egypt’s late Mubarak era. It responds to calls for theoretically informed research into CSR reporting in diverse, including less developed country and historical, contexts. The study is informed by a critical theoretical, poststructuralist and post-Marxist reading of accounting (including CSR reporting) (see Gallhofer & Haslam, 2003, 2019; Brown, 2009, 2017; Dillard & Brown, 2012; Brown & Dillard, 2013; Gallhofer, Haslam, & Yonekura, 2015). Notably, the analysis draws from Gallhofer and Haslam (2019) understanding of accounting as a mix of emancipatory and repressive dimensions and as a dynamic practice that can become, overall, more (or less) emancipatory in shifting contexts. The study explores emancipatory and repressive actualities and potentialities of CSR reporting, including instances reflecting valued particularity, in the dynamics of Egypt’s late Mubarak era, a multi-faceted, conflict-ridden, context reflecting forces of globalisation/globalism and technological change. Pursuing this, the study analyses material garnered via in-depth interviews (around perceptions of and attitudes towards CSR reporting) of key constituencies in the context. The study yields insights in terms of critical understanding and praxis, as envisaged in critical theorising.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gallhofer, Prof Sonja
Authors: Osman, M., Gallhofer, S., and Haslam, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
Journal Name:Critical Perspectives on Accounting
ISSN (Online):1095-9955
Published Online:20 March 2020
Copyright Holders:Crown Copyright © 2020 Published by Elsevier Ltd
First Published:First published in Critical Perspectives on Accounting 74:102166
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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