Corporate social responsibility and project management: towards a better understanding of their relationship

Piotr Sliż, Magdalena Popowska, Julia Jarzyński


The main purpose of this article is to identify the fields of convergence, if any, between two management concepts and business practices, namely Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Project Management (PM). To achieve the formulated goal, systematic literature review (SLR), including bibliometric analysis, LOESS regression analysis, and text mining, was performed. This analysis allowed us to distinguish five categories corresponding to the distinctive, related research areas combining CSR and PM constructs. Within these categories we were able to identify the most important characteristics of the linkages between both concepts.

Keywords: project management, corporate social responsibility, CSR, PM, systematic review


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Piotr Sliż

Piotr Sliż is a doctor of economics and assistant professor at the Faculty of Management and Economics of the Gdansk University of Technology. His main academic interest is focused on the process transformation of organizations. In particular, he is interested in management process, the implementation of ICT, and the integration of concepts and methods of process and project management.

He is a member of Fahrenheit Union of Universities in Gdańsk.

Magdalena Popowska

The author is a Doctor of Economics and Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Management and Economics of the Gdansk University of Technology. For twenty years she was responsible for the international development of the home office. Currently, her research focuses on entrepreneurship, social responsibility, corporate governance and sustainable development. She also participates in EU research projects and is a part-time entrepreneur. She is a member of Fahrenheit Union of Universities in Gdańsk.

Julia Jarzyński

The author is a doctoral student in the Doctoral School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Gdańsk since 2020. Areas of scientific interest: design thinking, digital transformation, Corporate Social Responsibility and project management. She is a member of Fahrenheit Union of Universities in Gdańsk.

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Sliż, P., Popowska, M., & Jarzyński, J. (2022). Corporate social responsibility and project management: towards a better understanding of their relationship. e-mentor, 4(96), 25-37.