CSR, SMEs and social capital: An empirical study and conceptual reflection

David Murillo Bonvehí, Steen Vallentin

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This paper is a response to the opening of new lines of research on CSR and SMEs (Thompson and Smith, 1991; Spence, 1999; Moore and Smith, 2006; Spence, 2007) and seeks to explore the business case for CSR in this corporate segment. The paper, based on four case studies of medium-sized firms of the automotive sector, took as a distinctive approach trying to understand the nature of CSR-like activities developed not by best-in-class CSR-driven companies but by purely competitiveness-driven firms. The case studies provide explicit evidence that the CSR activities of SMEs and the notion of social capital are interrelated, turning social capital into a powerful instrument to better explain what academic literature has called "silent CSR practices". The analysis that follows questions some of the basic tenets that underpin the branch of business ethics that deals with the nature of SMEs' approach to CSR.
Idioma originalAnglès
Publicació especialitzadaRamón Llull Journal of Applied Ethics
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de juny 2012


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