CSR reporting: a review of research and agenda for future research

Muzammal Khan*, Abeer Hassan, Christian Harrison, Heather Tarbert

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This paper provides a systematic review of the published literature on Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting (CSRR). Furthermore, it assesses the main limitations reported in previous CSRR studies and offers recommendations for best practice and future research.

A review protocol was developed to search nine major databases over a decade (2005-2017) using specific keywords. As a result, 221 articles were identified that deal explicitly with CSRR in both developed and developing countries, and a descriptive analysis was undertaken.

Findings of the review show that scholarly work on CSRR across the globe have increased exponentially. However, there still remain quite a few countries and industries that have been underrepresented in CSRR literature. Moreover, methodological and sampling related limitations have been noted by a number of scholars in the area. Based on these results, the review provides directions for future research.

The review provides a categorised bibliography of CSRR research on developed and developing countries from 2005 to 2017, covering a range of journals and countries. The review provides state of the art of the CSRR research and highlights the major loopholes in the current literature. This is a valuable study for academics pursuing research on CSRR as it provides a comprehensive and critical discussion on academic research in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1395-1419
Number of pages25
JournalManagement Research Review
Issue number11
Early online date14 Jul 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jul 2020


  • corporate social responsibility Reporting
  • disclosure
  • developed countries
  • developing countries
  • systematic literature review


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