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Meeting Planners: Views of Corporate Social Responsibility Practices and Motivations Across Two Continents

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Interpretation of, and commitment to, corporate social responsibility (CSR) differs from country to country, resulting in variances in implementation. It is theorized that these variances originate from organizational and cultural context. There is limited research dedicated to contextual variances of CSR in the meetings industry. As such, the objective of this article is twofold: first, to understand whether meeting planners in America and Western Europe differ in their current and future motives for engaging with CSR. Second, to establish whether the differences in motivation are influenced by their conceptual understanding of CSR or the wider socioeconomic and political environment. The authors analyzed over 1,000 self-reporting questionnaires from meeting planners across the two continents. Results were analyzed using unrelated t tests in order to establish if the two groups differ in their underlying motives to engage with CSR. An exploratory factor analysis was used to determine how meeting planners conceptualized CSR across the two continents. Results suggests similar strategic motives to engage in CSR. European meeting planners identify egoistic motives to engage in CSR. In contrast to America, CSR practice in Europe will change in the future as value-driven motives become prevalent. The article provides evidence of context as a defining factor in CSR, where ubiquitous constructs of CSR cannot be easily applied to meeting planners. The findings demonstrate the incongruent nature of CSR practice. The results advance the application of CSR to meeting planner's practice in both America and Western Europe, reigniting the definitional debate of CSR within the meetings industry.

Keywords: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR); EVENTS MANAGEMENT AND CONTEXT; MEETING PLANNERS; MOTIVATIONS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK, Email: [email protected] 2: Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK 3: School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK<

Publication date: December 3, 2021

This article was made available online on January 14, 2021 as a Fast Track article with title: "Meeting Planners: Views of Corporate Social Responsibility Practices and Motivations Across Two Continents".

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  • Event Management, an International Journal, intends to meet the research and analytic needs of a rapidly growing profession focused on events. This field has developed in size and impact globally to become a major business with numerous dedicated facilities, and a large-scale generator of tourism. The field encompasses meetings, conventions, festivals, expositions, sport and other special events. Event management is also of considerable importance to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations in a pursuit of a variety of goals, including fund-raising, the fostering of causes, and community development.
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