There is a considerable gap in research on corporate social responsibility (CSR) within SMEs, with a scarcity of knowledge concerning responsible business and sustainability which takes into account the nature of and, role of stakeholders of SMEs. While certification and traceability schemes tend to address the needs of large corporates who have considerable budgets, this is much more difficult for smaller firms.
Research related to ethical decision making falls mainly within the domain of large organization studies where decisions are made by managers of large departments with formalized business structures. Social enterprise and values-driven leadership in social enterprises provides a further salient area to study and the role of the entrepreneur in not-for-profits and, in for profit high growth organizations.
Hence, the role of responsible business and CSR within small businesses is becoming an emerging new field of research (Hoogendoorn, Guerra, and Zwan 2015; Soundararajan, Jamali, and Spence 2017) yet, the complexities, concerns and outcomes for small businesses are little understood. Ideas for topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:
- The benefits and challenges for smaller enterprises in implementing sustainable practices.
- How do SMEs contribute to sustainability? Why do small businesses matter (in this context)?
- The role of sales driven marketing and responsible business
- Digital marketing and ethics related to entrepreneurial decision making and practice.
- The Consumer-Entrepreneur relationship and trust; how can entrepreneurs act responsibly?
- Social enterprise and free will-how can entrepreneurial leadership play a role in value creation activities in social contexts?
- CSR in SMEs, do the role of a firms’ stakeholders and their networks play a role?
- Abstract submission deadline, 21st February
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2nd April 2020 9.00am- 5.00pm
Who Should Attend
Academics, entrepreneurs and PhD students who are interested in developing new knowledge on responsible business and sustainability issues. There is an opportunity to present papers and discuss exciting new avenues of research for publication and impact in the SME context.
Benefits of Attendance
Identifying and developing new research avenues in the area of responsibility and sustainability.
Networking with both SIGs to identify new streams of research in an important new area where there is a global government agenda for change.
Ability to identify what is most relevant, difficult and challenging to smaller businesses and to develop research with most impact.
Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
Paper Submission Details
Please submit a 2 page abstract.
First page author names, contact details and affiliations only.
Abstract second page 11 size font times new roman.
Submit to Dr Rosalind Jones
Deadline for abstracts 21st February (papers double blinded peer review)
Joint Colloquium- Entrepreneurship SIG, BAM and the Entrepreneurial & Small Business Marketing SIG of the Academy of Marketing.
The event will be hosted by Birmingham Business School, the University of Birmingham
Edgbaston Park Hotel (discounted rate) on campus
Lucas House on campus.
The University of Birmingham has excellent contact links including it's own train station, 'University' 2 stops from Birmingham New Street and not far from Birmingham International Airport.
Road links are excellent and there is free paring for those staying overnight at the hotels.
We are holding an evening dinner the evening before the event in Birmingham for fun and networking. If you would like to attend please let us know and we will book you a place. We would love to see you there.
Delegates pay for their own evening meal.
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£50 non members
£10 PhD students (full time)
Booking deadline: Friday 20th March 2020
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