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Corporate social responsibility and SMEs: Barriers and opportunities in a Swedishperspective
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a global concern and has been adopted by many largemultinational corporations. Although small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the mostcommon type of business in the EU including Sweden, yet most research on CSR has beenfocused on large corporations. As SMEs run in various settings and there have been littleempirical studies on CSR in SMEs, the purpose of this study is to fill a part of the researchgap and provide an in-depth look at CSR in SME to investigate specific barriers and/oropportunities to addressing CSR. This study reviews the relevant literature of CSR in SMEs.Through semi-constructed interviews with two small-sized organic product companies inSweden, this study analyzed CSR from an SME perspective in a Swedish context by CSRtheory and Resource-Based View (RBV). According to the findings, the main barrier for CSRfor the case companies is financial recourse constraints, while the main opportunity is theircapability for communication. This study contributes and motivates CSR in SMEs bydemonstrating how they understand CSR, how they communicate with both internal andexternal stakeholders of their best practices, and providing examples to share the experiencesfor SMEs.

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2010. , 71 p.
Keyword [en]
Corporate social responsibility, Small and medium-sized enterprises, Case studies, Resource-based view, Sweden
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42989OAI: diva2:352809
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2010-09-22 Created: 2010-09-22 Last updated: 2010-09-22Bibliographically approved

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