The consequences of social responsibility for small business owners in small towns
Version of Record online: 8 MAR 2012
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Business Ethics: A European Review
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 129–139, April 2012
How to Cite
Besser, T. L. (2012), The consequences of social responsibility for small business owners in small towns. Business Ethics: A European Review, 21: 129–139. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8608.2011.01649.x
- Issue online: 8 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 8 MAR 2012
This paper focuses on three under-researched subjects in the corporate social responsibility literature: small businesses, small towns, and consequences of social responsibility for the business owner personally. Small businesses are the vast majority of businesses and make a significant contribution to national economic vitality. Their value to the survival of small towns, where they are often the only businesses, is even more important. Research indicates that the social performance of big and small businesses alike is dependent upon the values and disposition of the top decision maker. Therefore, insight into the owner's motivations for contributing to community betterment and the consequences of that behavior for the business and the owner will add to this literature. Equally important, this knowledge can inform policies aimed at increasing good citizenship for all sizes of businesses regardless of location.