Research on Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana

Mavis Amo-Mensah


This study examines the current state of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) research in Ghana. The evidence is based on a review of 47 published academic papers retrieved from three key online databases (EBSCOhost, Emerald Insights and Business Source Complete) and content analysis procedures drawn from the extant literature. The analysis demonstrates that the concept of CSR in Ghana is under-theorised. Researchers have focused more on empirical dimensions of CSR, following mostly quantitative methods of research. In addition, majority of the studies were skewed towards large multinational or internationally connected companies, especially those in the mining, banking and telecommunications sectors.  This study contributes significantly to research in CSR literature. The study is the first attempt to map the research terrain of the body of knowledge on CSR in Ghana. It provides insights into research studies that have been conducted on CSR in Ghana, the areas that have not been explored, and avenues that exist for further research considerations.

Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR communication, CSR research, CSR theory, content analysis, Ghana.

DOI: 10.7176/EJBM/11-5-07

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