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Blog Post 6

For the Corporate Social Responsibility team, we do not need IRB approval. We have decided that we will not be needing approval for a few reasons. The first of which being that the projects that need approval are specified to be “research on individuals” and our work, while it is research, is going to be on groups not individuals. We are obtaining  information on large corporations and medium sized nongovernmental organizations but are not necessarily interested in the work of any of the individuals in these organizations but rather the work that they complete as a whole. Another reason we do not qualify to seek out approval for the IRB is that the work we are obtaining is not private. All of the knowledge we are compiling is public information; the significance of our work will be in how we compile it and present it to outsiders.


Inputs: The top three inputs we will be taking advantage of are planning time, knowledge base, partners. For each of the weekly meetings we have with our group leader/Professor Nandini Deo, we plan what we will want for our project to look like as well as what we plan to accomplish while in India. Knowledge base is also extremely important to us in how we are going to be successful in our work. We have some of the information already from previous years of Professor Deo’s work, but we are adding more. For example, we are in the process of getting access to a database that reports all of the NGO and Corporations that have completed CSR within the relevant years of our interest. Partners is also extremely important to us, as they will be our source of information. We are getting our information first hand, through the forms of interviews. Due to this, our relationships with our partners will be crucial. Over this spring break period, our team plans to start reaching out to the ngos and corporations that are willing to talk to us, and establish relationships. If the interviews go well and they are willing, we hope to continue to be partners with these companies and meet with in India as well.


  • Who we reach: We are looking to establish new relationships with NGOs and Corporations, separate from the ones that our professor has already been in contact. We have spreadsheets showing which companies have already been contacted in hopes to avoid reaching out to the same companies and reach new ones with this project. With the product that we are producing, which will most likely be a rubric, our consumers will be the general public. We hope to make the rubric easily understandable and accessible so people who aren’t familiar with the topic can become educated and hopefully take away enough information to apply it to their own relationships between two partners.
  • what we do: We plan to develop a rubric that guides/rates the different techniques and methods used for relationships between ngos and corporations. As the law stands, the ngo to be worked with is, is of the discretion of the corporation so we want to get a deeper understanding of what makes them pick their partners. Afterwards, we plan to rate how well the relationships work and rank the qualifications that they go off of and how effective they actually make the partnerships. We will most likely begin with delivering this rubric through the Lehigh community with professors and other qualified adults, then move on to students to see their interpretation of our results.
  • What we create: We hope to create a more informed and educated public. We know that disseminating our results might take work, but we hope to get our work published and seen by many so that people can be inspired the way we communicated our work and what our findings show.


  • Results in terms of learning: After this project, we will be much more aware of how business works in India, their values, their idea of CSR, and the significance of relationships to them. We are already more aware of India as a society because of the news journals we complete weekly, the book about India we read, and the articles we have read for our class. We will vastly increase our knowledge bank from this experience from before the trip as well as after the infield time. I expect our attitudes to change as well as we learn about a culture so different from ours and hopefully get to experience a business and nonprofit world very different from ours. We really want to get behind the motivations of these companies and see what inspires them to work together. Of course we hope that they are actually motivated by their desire to participate in CSR, but if that is not actually it and they just want to abide by the law then we want to know that as well.


~ by Anique Groce on March 9, 2019 .

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