Title: CSR and Related Terms in SME Owner-Managers' Mental Models in Six European Countries: National Context Matters
Authors: Fassin, Yves ×
Werner, Andrea
Van Rossem, Annick
Signori, Silvana
Garriga, Elisabet
von Weltzien Hoivik, Heidi
Schlierer, Hans-Jörg #
Issue Date: 4-May-2015
Publisher: D. Reidel Pub. Co.
Series Title: Journal of Business Ethics vol:128 issue:2 pages:433-456
Abstract: Abstract As a contribution to the emerging field of
corporate social responsibility (CSR) cognition, this article
reports on the findings of an exploratory study that compares
SME owner–managers’ mental models with regard to
CSR and related concepts across six European countries
(Belgium, Italy, Norway, France, UK, Spain). Utilising
Repertory Grid Technique, we found that the SME owner–
managers’ mental models show a few commonalities as
well as a number of differences across the different country
samples. We interpret those differences by linking individual
cognition to macro-environmental variables, such as
language, national traditions and dissemination mechanisms.
The results of our exploratory study show that
nationality matters but that classifications of countries as
found in the comparative capitalism literature do not
exactly mirror national differences in CSR cognition and
that these classifications need further differentiation. The
findings from our study raise questions on the universality
of cognition of academic management concepts and warn
that promotion of responsible business practice should not rely on the use of unmediated US American management
Description: This article is published with open access at on line
ISSN: 0167-4544
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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