Providing Southern Perspectives on CSR: Investigating Formal and Informal CSR Practices and the Views of Managers and Workers in SME Garment Companies in South Africa

Søren Jeppesen, Bas Kothuis

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    The article seeks to contribute to the SMEs and CSR literature in developing countries by providing; a) a ‘Southern’ SME perspective, which includes the voices of managers and workers, b) a perspective of CSR, which opens up to informal CSR practices that SMEs undertake, and c) an analysis of the key institutional issues affecting the CSR practices of SMEs. It presents perceptions of CSR practices among 21 SMEs in the garment industry in South Africa, based on 40 interviews with managers and 19 interviews with workers through the use of qualitative and quantitative interview frameworks. It highlights a high degree of similarities between managers and workers, though knowledge of (cognitive level) the concept ‘CSR’ differ considerably. Informal practices are widespread and of key importance to the SMEs, expressed by managers and workers alike. History, industry and manager-workers relations are found to be important factors in explaining the CSR perceptions and level of practices. It is suggested that future research investigate the role of informal practices further and explore the role of institutional theory.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Publikationsdato2014
    Antal sider23
    StatusUdgivet - 2014
    BegivenhedThe 14th International Conference of African Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. ICAESB 2014: Globalization and Sustainability of SMEs in Emerging Economies - Whitesands Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
    Varighed: 29 maj 201430 maj 2014
    Konferencens nummer: 14
    https://udsm.ac.tz/node/210

    Konference

    KonferenceThe 14th International Conference of African Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. ICAESB 2014
    Nummer14
    LokationWhitesands Hotel
    LandTanzania, United Republic of
    ByDar es Salaam
    Periode29/05/201430/05/2014
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