Accountability in the social economy sector is very important because it is inherent in the nature of the organizations of this sector. The literature on the topic of social accounting and accountability is abundant and highlights the benefits and the criticisms of social reporting. The objective of the chapter arises from the literature review that highlights how more in-depth studies are needed on the characters and role of social accountability in decision-making processes. In order to answer the research question (How is social reporting performed and how does social information influence the decision making of the management in a cooperative?), the single case study methodology has been adopted, considering embedded units of analysis and focusing on the social report of an Italian retail cooperative (COOP Lombardia). Thanks to the analyzed case study, it is possible to conclude that the social report can represent a tool of accountability that also informs future decisions, realizing a circular relationship between results achieved and decisions to be taken.
The Potential Role of Social Reporting in the Decision-Making Process of Cooperatives / F. De Matteis, D. Preite - In: Modernization and Accountability in the Social Economy Sector / [a cura di] A. Ferreira, R. Marques, G. Azevedo, H. Inácio, C. Santos. - [s.l] : IGI Global, 2019. - ISBN 9781522584827. - pp. 115-131
|Titolo:||The Potential Role of Social Reporting in the Decision-Making Process of Cooperatives|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore SECS-P/07 - Economia Aziendale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-8482-7.ch007|
|Tipologia:||Book Part (author)|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03 - Contributo in volume|