Ethics in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: A Global Commentary

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR BUSINESS, ECONOMICS AND ETHICS BOOK SERIES, Laura Spence and Joanne Ciulla, eds, Springer, 2011

Posted: 14 Apr 2011

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Laura J. Spence

University of London - Royal Holloway College

Mollie Painter-Morland

DePaul University

Date Written: April 1, 2011

Abstract

This book is the first of its kind – a global overview of extant research on ethics in small and medium sized enterprises. While vast amounts of corporate money, government policy and media time are directed at the social and ethical activities of large corporations, small businesses don’t generally attract the spotlight. This is wildly inappropriate, however, since upward of 90% of private businesses are small or medium sized. This book goes some way to helping us understand the social and ethical contribution of this majority organizational form. The first section of the book is a global round-up of research on ethics in small and medium sized enterprises from major regions of the world. In the second section smaller scale research projects from a variety of countries present both empirical and theoretical advances in the area. Anyone with an interest in ethics and small and medium sized enterprises should find this an inspiring book which paves the way for future research.

Keywords: SMEs, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility

Suggested Citation

Spence, Laura J. and Painter-Morland, Mollie, Ethics in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: A Global Commentary (April 1, 2011). INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR BUSINESS, ECONOMICS AND ETHICS BOOK SERIES, Laura Spence and Joanne Ciulla, eds, Springer, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1808925

Laura J. Spence (Contact Author)

University of London - Royal Holloway College ( email )

Egham
Surrey, TW20 0EX
United Kingdom

Mollie Painter-Morland

DePaul University ( email )

1 East Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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