Slipstreaming the larger boats: social responsibility in medium-sized businesses

Preuss, Lutz and Perschke, Jack (2010) Slipstreaming the larger boats: social responsibility in medium-sized businesses. Journal of Business Ethics, 92 (4). pp. 531-551. ISSN 0167-4544

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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.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 08:53
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