Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary
The text book introduces all areas and different dimensions of corporate social responsibility. The authors have included examples and cases from different countries and addressed the CSR practices followed by global organizations. Students therefore get to learn about the issues prevailing in many different nations. However, the discussion is not in-depth. It is therefore recommended that this book is appropriate for undergraduate courses. The index is not detailed to reflect all the sub-topics in every chapter. This makes it difficult for the reader (both faculty and students) to review specific topics when required. Also, the textbook does not offer glossary of the important terms used. The authors can consider this during the subsequent revision.
Comprehensiveness Rating: 3 out of 5
Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased
There are 12 chapters in this text-book. The content of each chapter is organized in an engaging manner. The important terms and definitions are discussed with the help of multiple examples for the reader. The readings at the end of each chapter provide an opportunity to explore and critically examine issues related to CSR. Also, the synthesis questions at the end of every chapter can be used to engage students during the session or for in-class activities.
The authors use clear and simple language which makes it easy for the students, especially undergraduates, to comprehend the concepts discussed in every chapter. However, the sequence in which the chapters have been arranged is haphazard. The authors start discussing CSR followed by debates around CSR, but then move to explore climate change, genetically modified organisms, social entrepreneurship and marketing ethics, etc. The present sequencing of the chapters makes it difficult to adopt the text-book as is in the courses teaching CSR or business ethics. The faculty may decide to include the relevant chapters while designing their course curriculum.
There are very few figures in the text book and all these have been labelled appropriately. The content is accurate and unbiased.
Content Accuracy Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement
The book was published in 2016 and has been recently updated in May, 2019 and therefore is relatively current. The textbook uses a lot of examples to emphasize student learning and these may have to be updated in the near future/ as per the requirement. The end of chapter readings/ cases and in some cases articles as well (whose links have been provided) will need to be updated in the next 2 to 3 years to include the current issues. However, when we explain CSR practices of global organizations, it is pertinent to discuss and share the historical cases related to what organizations did and compare them with the current practices of global organizations. This may have to be initiated by the instructors teaching the course. The book has been written keeping in mind the CSR practices of global organizations. Examples and cases from almost all global regions, major countries and corporations have been included. These will remain relevant today and in future as well. This textbook would therefore not become obsolete within short period of time.
Relevance Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used
Yes, the text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon and technical terminology used. The authors use very simple, easy to understand, conversationalist tone. That is one reason that the readers may enjoy this text book.
Clarity Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework
Yes, there is consistency in terms of terminology used and framework. As explained earlier, each chapter is exclusive (except the first two) and outlines the contemporary issues faced by organizations, individuals and societies. The concept is discussed along with a lot of examples, end of the chapter readings, case studies and questions at the end of the chapter. There are also four detailed case studies which may be used by the instructors for designing course assignments.
Consistency Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.
Absolutely. The main advantage of using/ adopting this textbook would be that the chapters are ‘mutually exclusive yet collectively exhaustive’ to explain the CSR initiatives of global organizations. The course faculty may choose to use a few chapters in a semester. There is an opportunity to adopt different content/ chapters depending on the audience/ students enrolled in the course.
Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion
The authors have tried to cover all the dimensions related to Corporate Social Responsibility (example Genetically Modified Organizations and Social Entrepreneurship along with Corruption, Politics, etc.). Though this provides flexibility to the faculty to use some information and not the other, the sequencing and therefore organization of the chapters is very haphazard. The chapters should have been clubbed into different units with each unit focusing on a specific issue, for example Chapter 4 and 7, and Chapters 10 and 11 could be grouped under one theme. However, this would affect the modularity of the text.
Organization Rating: 3 out of 5
Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader
The PDF format of the book was reviewed. The book is readable, editable and printable. It is possible to read this book using an eReader, as a PDF as well as online.
There were no interface issues nor any problems related to navigation or distortion of images or charts. There are very few images and these are well displayed within the text and do not confuse the reader at all. Some of the links in the end notes of each chapter are broken and may have to be replaced.
Interface Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: The text contains no grammatical errors
There were no grammatical or spelling errors observed. The language used is very simple, clear and easy to understand for students and faculty.
Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5
Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds
The text is neither insensitive and nor do the authors use offensive language. The text uses cases from different countries and explain, comment on and critique the CSR initiatives of global organizations.
Overall, from the perspective of diversity and inclusion, authors have made sure that cases and examples from different regions, of different people and global organizations are included in the textbook. Some may argue, though, that a lot of examples and cases of US companies are highlighted. However, when compared to other textbooks that examine CSR related topics, the authors have ensured that in this textbook, global organizations and different regions get discussed.
Cultural Relevance Rating: 4 out of 5
Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?
We have adopted this textbook for an undergraduate course. We have incorporated additional readings and used some chapters of this textbook to design our course. I would like to recommend this textbook for undergraduate courses.
Another important reason for recommending this text is the use of multiple examples and cases to encourage critical thinking and reasoning. There are four long cases at the end of the textbook and these can very well be integrated as graded assignments for the course. The authors have endeavored to include cases and examples from multiple regions and various corporations, ensuring unbiased opinions and views. It is also very important given the demographics of students who might be reading this book.
In future, the authors might like to improve the textbook by including a detailed index and glossary. These help the faculty and students to navigate through the textbook, examine specific concepts and also read key terms familiarizing themselves with the technical words used in the discipline.