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Data in Search of a Theory: A Critical Examination of the Relationships among Social Performance, Social Disclosure, and Economic Performance of U. S. Firms

Arieh A. Ullmann
The Academy of Management Review
Vol. 10, No. 3 (Jul., 1985), pp. 540-557
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/258135
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

Inconsistent findings have resulted from studies of the relationships among social disclosure, social performance, and economic performance of U.S. corporations. No clear tendency can be detected. The main reasons for these inconsistencies are: (a) a lack in theory, (b) inappropriate definition of key terms, and (c) deficiencies in the empirical data bases currently available. Suggestions are made as to how this situation can be improved.

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