Research on corporate social responsibility in the construction context: a critical review and future directions

Xue Lin, Christabel M.F. Ho, Qiping Shen

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This paper traces the evolution of the CSR research in general management field through analysing 231 sources in the literature (203 journal articles and 28 conference papers). The review concentrates on two main areas: the transitions of research perspectives and focuses. The results suggest that CSR research moves towards the relational perspective to focus on communication, coordination and collaboration among stakeholders. Considering the complex stakeholder environment in the construction industry, a research agenda integrating stakeholder management and power theory is proposed as guidance for future CSR research in the construction context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Construction Management
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jun 2017


  • construction industry
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • relational perspective

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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