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Robert F. DeYoung


The perception by any group of ineffectiveness in the dispensation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to major stakeholders may result in friction, reduction in productivity, and an overall loss of social and economic capital. The problem addressed in this study, which represented the gap in knowledge and practice, was that CSR initiatives in the Niger Delta region lack a community-centric framework to ensure optimal and sustainable returns on CSR investments for multinational corporations and local Nigerian landowners. The purpose of the study was to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to experience CSR for Nigerian landowners in the Niger Delta, using Freeman's stakeholder theory and Grice's causal theory of perception. Data were obtained through interviews regarding the lived experiences of a sample of 15 participants selected through a purposeful nonrandom sampling from a variety of backgrounds. The data analysis using content and inductive techniques with NVivo illustrated the factors leading to a deeper understanding of what it means to experience CSR for landowners. The results include expectations from operators, activities of the operators in the Niger Delta, operators' relationship with land owners, and operators' need to take environmental responsibility. The study has the potential to enhance the CSR managerial capacity of operators, resulting in peace and equity for all. The findings may lead to peaceful coexistence between the operators in the area and landowners with increased mutual benefits. The findings may also result in a stable global supply of energy, oil, and gas, as well as a healthier environment for landowners, ultimately resulting in local and global positive social change.