Slipstreaming the larger boats: Social responsibility in medium-sized businesses [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 92 (4):531 - 551 (2010)
Studies into corporate social responsibility (CSR) in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have suggested that small businesses are different to the large companies on which CSR research usually focusses. Extending this argument, this article raises the question what differences in approaches to CSR there are within the SME category. Analysing the CSR strategy and performance of a medium-sized fashion retailer in the United Kingdom through manager interviews as well as customer and employee surveys, the article develops an analytical framework of CSR in small, medium and large firms. The argument is developed that medium-sized firms occupy a transition stage, where some CSR features that are reminiscent of small enterprises are still important but get overlaid with aspects that are more typical of large companies.
Keywords corporate social responsibility  small and medium-sized enterprises  owner–manager values  consumer perceptions of CSR  employee perceptions of CSR
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