SME corporate social responsibility and competitiveness: A literature review

Eleni Apospori*, Konstantinos G. Zografos, Solon Magrizos

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The importance of SMEs to the economy and society and their special characteristics relevant to the adoption of CSR principles, the implementation of CSR activities, and the study of the relationship between SME, CSR behaviour and competitiveness, have stimulated the interest of both practitioners and academicians. The objective of this paper is to provide an overview of the literature addressing SME CSR behaviour and competitiveness. The paper summarises the major trends emerging from the literature review and provides recommendations for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-31
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Management
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Competitiveness
  • CSR
  • CSR impact assessment
  • Small and medium size enterprises
  • SMEs corporate social responsibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • General Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Law


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