Corporate Social Responsibility in SMEs: a shift from philanthropy to institutional works?

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dc.contributor.author Amaeshi, K. en
dc.contributor.author Adegbite, E. en
dc.contributor.author Ogbechie, C. en
dc.contributor.author Idemudia,U. en
dc.contributor.author Seny-Kan, A. K. en
dc.contributor.author Issa, M. en
dc.contributor.author Anakwue,O. I. J. en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-26T08:56:05Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-26T08:56:05Z
dc.date.issued 2015-03-31
dc.identifier.citation Amaeshi, K., Adegbite, E., Ogbechie, C., Idemudia, U., Seny-Kan, A.K., Issa, M. and Anakwue, O. I. J. (2016) Corporate Social Responsibility in SMEs: a shift from philanthropy to institutional works? Journal of Business Ethics, 138 (2), pp. 385-400 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/12345
dc.description The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link. en
dc.description.abstract Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) amongst Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is often characterised in the literature as unstructured, informal, and ad hoc discretionary philanthropic activities. Drawing insights from recent theoretical/analytical frameworks (i.e. Crane, Matten, and Spence, 2013; and Valente and Crane, 2010), and on empirical data collected from both Nigeria and Tanzania, we found that CSR practices in SMEs are much more nuanced than previously presented. In addition, SMEs undertake their CSR practices to varying degrees in multiple spaces – i.e. the workplace, marketplace, community and the ecological environment. These CSR practices go beyond philanthropy and in some instances involve institutional works aimed at addressing some of the institutional gaps in the environments where these SMEs operate. The paper makes a contribution by drawing attention to the multiple spaces of CSR practices amongst SMEs, and the institutional works they do, which are often taken for granted in the extant literature. We provide a unique perspective – by arguing that what is frequently conceptualised as philanthropic CSR in Africa is (or may include) ‘institutional works’. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) en
dc.subject Nigeria en
dc.subject Tanzania en
dc.subject Sub-Saharan Africa en
dc.subject SMEs en
dc.subject Institutional works en
dc.title Corporate Social Responsibility in SMEs: a shift from philanthropy to institutional works? en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-015-2633-1
dc.researchgroup Centre for Research on Organisational Governance en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.funder n/a en
dc.projectid n/a en
dc.cclicence CC-BY-NC-ND en
dc.date.acceptance 2015-03-21 en


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