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The Complementarity Of Corporate Social Responsibility And Innovation: Evidence From Belgian Firms

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  • Ferauge Perrine

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In recent years, more and more companies, both small and large, have become aware of issues related to sustainable development. In spite of the significant presence of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Europe, few studies have examined the social responsibilities of SMEs. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) requires numerous changes for companies, and innovation can thus constitute a tool supporting the implementation of CSR. In addition, sustainable development can generate new opportunities for SMEs to innovate. Thus, the goal of this exploratory study is to better understand the connections linking CSR and innovation in the context of SMEs. Semi-structured interviews with leaders of seven SMEs in Wallonia (Belgium) have allowed us to provide insight regarding the role of innovation in the process of defining social responsibility in the SME context.

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  • Ferauge Perrine, 2013. "The Complementarity Of Corporate Social Responsibility And Innovation: Evidence From Belgian Firms," Global Journal of Business Research, The Institute for Business and Finance Research, vol. 7(5), pages 99-113.
  • Handle: RePEc:ibf:gjbres:v:7:y:2013:i:5:p:99-113
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    Keywords

    Sustainability; CSR; Innovation; Small business;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

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