CSR and the bottom line: Analyzing the link between CSR and financial performance for professional teams

Yuhei Inoue, Aubrey Kent, Seoki Lee

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Abstract

Despite the acknowledged importance of investigating the link between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate financial performance (CFP) within a single industry, very few studies have examined this relationship in the context of the sport industry. Using charitable giving data as a proxy of CSR, this study investigated if CSR would affect CFP of professional sport teams within the four major U.S. leagues. Although the positive CSR-CFP relationship was hypothesized based on instrumental stakeholder theory, CSR was found to have non-positive effects on CFP. These results are still notable since they may highlight the importance of the connectedness between CSR and team operations and the awareness of CSR activity among stakeholders in leveraging CSR benefits. Overall, through the use of improved methodology, the current study furthers the understanding of the CSR-CFP relationship among the U.S. professional teams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-549
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Sport Management
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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