A developing country view of CSR in Micro and Small Enterprises: Problems, Prospects, and Paradoxes

Kenneth Amaeshi, Emmanuel Adegbite, Chris Ogbechie, Obianuju Anakwue

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Abstract

The limited CSR literature on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is plagued by two main gaps: one is the over-dependency on the salience of managerial discretions in accounting for responsible business culture in SMEs; and the other is the overemphasis on SMEs in developed economies. Setting aside these assumptions, and recognising the influence of institutional contexts on responsible business culture, this study explores the understanding, motivation, and challenges of CSR amongst Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) in Nigeria. The findings suggest that the largely CSR ‘good’ intentions of these MSEs are antithetically related to, and in most cases undermined by, negative institutional pressures. The study contributes to the scarce literature on CSR in SMEs, and reinforces the relevance of enabling environments for CSR, especially in developing economies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventESRC Symposium - AFAM Conference - , Botswana
Duration: 8 Jan 201411 Jan 2014

Conference

ConferenceESRC Symposium - AFAM Conference
CountryBotswana
Period8/01/1411/01/14

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