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Professor of Strategy
Chief Sustainability Officer; Corporate Social (Ir)responsibility; Top Management Team; Upper Echelons Theory; Attention‐based View; Q12020
How will a chief sustainability officer (CSO) influence corporate social performance? Building upon the upper echelons perspective and the attention‐based view, this study argues that while a CSO helps channel managerial attention to a firm's social domain, managerial attention is more likely to be directed to negative issues than to positive issues. In addition, such relationships are contingent on the focal firm's governance design and its industry culpability. Analysis of a sample of S&P 500 firms for the period of 2005‐2014 largely renders support to the authors predictions.