Ideas like corporate social responsibility (CSR) and stakeholder value creation are becoming second nature to businesses across the globe. Addressing the weakness of current CSR research, this Research Handbook provides a unique perspective on small business social responsibility in both the developed and developing world.
Bringing together leading international experts, and including a foreword by R. Edward Freeman, this Research Handbook defines and contextualizes CSR in small businesses across the globe. It explores issues surrounding supply chains, responsible finance, and social enterprise, offering both practitioner insights and succinct case studies to go beyond the usual Western perspective and enable a globally relevant understanding of small business social responsibility.
This Research Handbook will be an invaluable tool for researchers and educators, as well as for students of business and CSR, social enterprise, development and management.
'The editors have assembled an internationally diverse set of contributors to provide a breakthrough comprehensive Research Handbook for scholars and students interested in the social responsibility of SMEs. For too long corporate social responsibility has only been studied from the perspective of big business in developed nations. The Research Handbook on Small Business Social Responsibility provides in-depth insights into the social responsibility of SMEs in respect to supply chains, finance, sustainability and social enterprises. The case studies offer excellent practical illustrations in different national contexts of how SMEs engage with social responsibility. This book is an essential reference for libraries and scholars of corporate social responsibility and SMEs.'
– Stella M. Nkomo, President, Africa Academy of Management and Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa
'A much needed book on social responsibility in the small and medium enterprise sector. Research on CSR has generally focused on large corporations in the developed countries and this edited collection represents a welcome addition that will advance scholarly work in the important area of business and social responsibility.'
– Bobby Banerjee, City, University of London, UK
'This book is truly a "must-read". It is a milestone text that collects and connects the central debates on the critical role of small business social responsibility (SBSR). It is a tremendous accomplishment that takes the reader on a journey to explore how SBSR is so much more than "the business case" bringing more money to shareholders. The team of editors and authors succeed in showing that SBSR is about how small business takes on the role of contributing to economic development while at the same time contributing to social and environmental improvement. This is indeed an important contribution.'
– Mette Morsing, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
'This is exactly the kind of book, and collection of essays that we need.'
– From the Foreword by R. Edward Freeman
Contributors: A. Al Faruq, C. Ball, M. Beckmann, E. Benjamin, R.K. Blundel, G. Buchenrieder, D. Dore, R.E. Freeman, J.G. Frynas, R. Gapp, M. Gulati, M. Handley-Schachler, B. Hatipoglu, N. Hermes, P. Hind, D. Holt, S. Jeppesen, R. Lensink, D. Littlewood, P. Lund-Thomsen, F. Lyon, E. Maduekwe, A. Meesters, J.N. Muthuri, J. Navare, I. Patsch, M. Punt, S. Sahasranamam, R. Sanwal, A. Schaefer, A. Smit, V. Soundararajan, L.J. Spence, H. Stewart, S. Suresh, A.N. Tran, D. Vazquez-Brust, A.I. Wahga, A. Zeyen.
Edited by Laura J. Spence, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, Jedrzej George Frynas, Open University Business School, Milton Keynes, Judy N. Muthuri, Business School, University of Nottingham and Jyoti Navare, Department of Economics, Middlesex University Business School, UK.