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Strategic capabilities for successful engagement in proactive CSR in small and medium enterprises: a resource-based view approach


Torugsa, N and O'Donohue, W, Strategic capabilities for successful engagement in proactive CSR in small and medium enterprises: a resource-based view approach, Management and Engineering Innovation, ISTE Ltd and John Wiley & Sons, C Machado and JP Davim (ed), UK, pp. 37-68. ISBN 9781848215542 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/9781118733202.ch2


The objectives of this chapter are twofold: first, to review and discuss the literature on how the distinctive organizational characteristics attributed to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can provide the opportunity to gain a strategic advantage through the development of specific capabilities for ‘proactive’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); and second, to propose a model explaining how SMEs can generate positive outcomes through the adoption of business practices based on such strategic capabilities i.e. improve financial performance whilst enabling progress towards meeting the call by society for responsible business strategies.

The chapter contains a discussion of six particular strategic capabilities, associated with SMEs in the literature and which our research suggests make the adoption of proactive CSR more likely. These specific capabilities comprise three ‘internally-directed’ (shared vision, organizational learning and capital management) and three ‘externally-directed’ (stakeholder engagement, strategic proactivity and continuous innovation). We argue that only when an SME engages in a strategy that efficiently exploits and enhances these capabilities, will competitive advantage and superior performance be achieved.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:proactive corporate social responsibility, strategic capabilities, small and medium enterprises, strategy, competitive advantage, financial performance
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business systems in context
Research Field:Business systems in context not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Torugsa, N (Dr Ann Torugsa)
UTAS Author:O'Donohue, W (Dr Wayne O'Donohue)
ID Code:85602
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2013-07-23
Last Modified:2017-11-28
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