How can CSR practices lead to successful innovation in SMEs?,

Kepa Mendibil, Jose Luis Hernandez, Xavier Espinach, Elisabet Garriga, Steven P. MacGregor

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Abstract

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a widely used term in business. Recent studies in this area show that the implementation of appropriate CSR practices can produce a positive impact on the performance of an organisation. Furthermore, it is believed that there is a link between innovation and CSR related practices. Even though information in the area of CSR is widely available there is little evidence of previous work that explicitly addresses the link between
CSR and innovation, within the context of SMEs in particular. The purpose of this research is to define the nature of this link and to increase awareness of sustainable CSR practices in SMEs by illustrating that these practices can generate real value to the business. The work described in this paper has an exploratory nature. It presents the findings from a fieldwork study and the initial version of a model that aims to clarify the link between CSR and innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventEuropean Operations Management Association - Ankara, Turkey
Duration: 17 Jun 200720 Jun 2007

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Operations Management Association
CountryTurkey
CityAnkara
Period17/06/0720/06/07

Keywords

  • small and medium enterprise
  • SME
  • corporate social responsibility
  • CSR
  • innovation

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