Quotation Lee, Ki-Hoon, Herold, David Martin. 2015. Small and Medium Enterprises and Corporate Social Responsibility Practice: A Swedish Perspective. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 23 (2), 88-99.


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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the characteristics of corporate social responsibility (CSR) practice in Swedish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A case study approach is used to investigate the CSR perception, motivation, and activities of two Swedish SMEs. This paper indicates that two Swedish SMEs studied adopt a profitseeking rather than a profit-sacrificing CSR approach. Furthermore, the paper argues that the perception, the motivation, and part of the CSR activities are well incorporated in the decision to engage in CSR. However, the Swedish SMEs in our case studies are often limited in communicating their CSR activities due to a lack of resources and management skills. This communication gap between intended and actual communication drives the overall CSR impact on business performance from marginal to non-existent. As a result, looking at the overall business impact, a meant-to-be profit-seeking strategy is actually turned into a profit-sacrificing activity.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-C
Language English
Title Small and Medium Enterprises and Corporate Social Responsibility Practice: A Swedish Perspective
Volume 23
Number 2
Year 2015
Page from 88
Page to 99
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/csr.1366
Open Access N

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Lee, Ki-Hoon (Griffith University, Australia)
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