A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Corporate Social Responsibility in SMEs: Implications on Competitive Performance

Publication Details
Authors: Uzhegova Maria, Torkkeli Lasse, Saarenketo Sami
Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft
Publication year: 2019
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: management revue - Socio-Economic Studies
Volume number: 30
Issue number: 2-3
Start page: 232
End page: 267
Number of pages: 36
ISSN: 0935-9915
eISSN: 1861-9908
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


This study explores
the relevance of corporate social
responsibility (CSR) in the context of small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs). The role of CSR in SMEs has so far been scarcely researched, and the
relationship between internationalisation
and CSR development in SMEs, in particular, could do with the further study. Since it has been found that
organisational capabilities and CSR both impact SME performance, we illustrate
these relationships and differentiate between the domestic and internationalised

The empirical part of
the study is based on the survey data from a sample of 141 Finnish SMEs. Results
obtained via linear regression modelling
show that network competence plays a part in contributing to CSR, which in turn
positively affects the SME’s competitive performance, but only in internationalised SMEs. CSR is found to mediate
the relationship between network competence and competitive performance. The
study thus contributes both to the literature on CSR as well as that on SME
internationalisation and argues for the importance of the former as a true
predictor of enhanced SME competitiveness.

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