The complex landscape of UK corporate philanthropy: a fuzzy sets perspective

Paul Caulfield

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Abstract

This analysis utilises a fuzzy sets comparative method to understand complex interactions between multiple variables that are inherent in corporate donation patterns. Many studies have demonstrated the correlation between corporate giving and variables such as asset size, media visibility, and industry group. Rather than seeking to find a single linear cause effect relationship, this analysis demonstrates how configurations of multiple factors such as: institutional observance, stakeholder influence, and company attributes (size, age, and industry) combine to produce a descriptive landscape of corporate philanthropy, which can reveal features masked by standard quantitative methods. The rationale for using this technique is to develop a deeper understanding of the subtle and diverse causation patterns of UK corporate philanthropy, and to consider the application of comparative methods to understand the emerging pattern of charitable contributions in light of recent economic events
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 28 Feb 2009
EventBAM 2009: The End of the Pier? Competing perspectives on the challenges facing business and management - Brighton, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Sep 200917 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceBAM 2009: The End of the Pier? Competing perspectives on the challenges facing business and management
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityBrighton
Period15/09/0917/09/09

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    Caulfield, P. (2009). The complex landscape of UK corporate philanthropy: a fuzzy sets perspective. Paper presented at BAM 2009: The End of the Pier? Competing perspectives on the challenges facing business and management, Brighton, UK United Kingdom.