SMEs in Their Own Right: The Views of Managers and Workers in Vietnamese Textiles, Garment, and Footwear Companies

Angie Ngoc Tran, Søren Jeppesen

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    This article contributes to the limited literatures on small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Using an institutional theoretical framework, we analyzed fieldwork interviews with twenty SMEs and perspectives of 165 SME managers and workers in textiles, garment, and footwear industries, the most important wage-earning sector in Vietnam. Having understood in the context of a developing “market economy with socialist orientation” (thus a “Southern perspective”), we find that socially responsible practices and expectations developed long before the arrival of CSR as a western concept and an MNC agenda. .....
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Business Ethics
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)589-608
    Number of pages20
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2016


    • Socialist Vietnam
    • SME Managers and Workers
    • Formal and Informal CSR Practices
    • Institutional Theory
    • Labor–Management–State Relations

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