The role of the industrial social worker in corporate community relations

Harnett, Claire F. (1992) The role of the industrial social worker in corporate community relations. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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This research study is a qualitative investigation of the role of the industrial social worker in corporate community relations. The research study was undertaken by means of mailed questionnaires. Two different populations were utilized, namely corporations known to practice corporate social responsibility and corporations employing industrial social workers. As a background to the research, corporate community relations is defined and its development traced. Furthermore, the contribution of corporate community relations in the realization of a government-business partnership to address community social problems, is discussed. Lastly, in an attempt to demonstrate that the social worker can indeed play a role in corporate community relations, the extent to which corporate community relations goals and approaches correspond with the community organization model of social work practice, is examined. The purpose of the emprirical part of the research study was to determine what form community relations has taken in South Africa and the role that the industrial social worker assumes in this regard. From the findings it appears that there is a focus on philanthropic activities and less direct corporate involvement in creating new resources. Industrial social workers' involvement in this function was limited. They primarily assumed the roles of consultant and expert. Although these social workers have laid the ground work for expansion of the industrial social worker's role, it appears that development has been more serendipitous than rationally planned. It appears from the findings that the potential does exist for industrial social workers to assist the corporation to expand its social responsibility programme, and in so doing expand their practice to include macro level intervention strategies. Based on these assumptions, it is suggested that further in-depth research is carried out to establish what strategies are being employed by industrial social workers to expand their roles, it appears that there is a need to assist the industrial social worker to adopt a rationally planned approach in order to assume a greater role in the corporation's social responsibility activities - both internally and externally.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Industrial social worker, Role, Relations, Corporate community, Social responsibility, Government, Business, Partnership, Community, Social problems, Intervention strategies
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities
Supervisors:Rankin, P. and Mitchell, W.A.
ID Code:3993
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:08 Nov 2012 06:02
Last Modified:08 Nov 2012 06:02
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