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CSR and related terms in SME owner-managers' mental models in six European countries: national context matters

Yves Fassin UGent, A Werner, A Van Rossem, S Signori, E Garriga, HV Hoivik and HJ Schlierer (2015) JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS. 128(2). p.433-456
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 terminology.
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REPERTORY GRID TECHNIQUE, INFORMATION-SYSTEMS, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, INTEGRATIONAL LINGUISTICS, COGNITIVE PERSPECTIVE, Small to medium sized enterprises, Repertory Grid Technique, Cross-national study, Corporate social responsibility (CSR), Cognition, Business ethics, PERFORMANCE, ETHICS, SMALLER BUSINESSES, DISTRIBUTED COGNITION, CORPORATE SOCIAL-RESPONSIBILITY
journal title
JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS
J. Bus. Ethics
volume
128
issue
2
pages
433 - 456
publisher
SPRINGER
place of publication
DORDRECHT
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000352712400014
JCR category
ETHICS
JCR impact factor
1.837 (2015)
JCR rank
3/51 (2015)
JCR quartile
1 (2015)
ISSN
0167-4544
DOI
10.1007/s10551-014-2098-7
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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7106337
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-7106337
date created
2016-02-29 16:55:23
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2017-01-02 09:55:17
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  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 terminology.},
  author       = {Fassin, Yves and Werner, A and Van Rossem, A and Signori, S and Garriga, E and Hoivik, HV and Schlierer, HJ},
  issn         = {0167-4544},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS},
  keyword      = {REPERTORY GRID TECHNIQUE,INFORMATION-SYSTEMS,SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS,INTEGRATIONAL LINGUISTICS,COGNITIVE PERSPECTIVE,Small to medium sized enterprises,Repertory Grid Technique,Cross-national study,Corporate social responsibility (CSR),Cognition,Business ethics,PERFORMANCE,ETHICS,SMALLER BUSINESSES,DISTRIBUTED COGNITION,CORPORATE SOCIAL-RESPONSIBILITY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {433--456},
  publisher    = {SPRINGER},
  title        = {CSR and related terms in SME owner-managers' mental models in six European countries: national context matters},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-014-2098-7},
  volume       = {128},
  year         = {2015},
}

Chicago
Fassin, Yves, A Werner, A Van Rossem, S Signori, E Garriga, HV Hoivik, and HJ Schlierer. 2015. “CSR and Related Terms in SME Owner-managers’ Mental Models in Six European Countries: National Context Matters.” Journal of Business Ethics 128 (2): 433–456.
APA
Fassin, Y., Werner, A., Van Rossem, A., Signori, S., Garriga, E., Hoivik, H., & Schlierer, H. (2015). CSR and related terms in SME owner-managers’ mental models in six European countries: national context matters. JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS, 128(2), 433–456.
Vancouver
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Fassin Y, Werner A, Van Rossem A, Signori S, Garriga E, Hoivik H, et al. CSR and related terms in SME owner-managers’ mental models in six European countries: national context matters. JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS. DORDRECHT: SPRINGER; 2015;128(2):433–56.
MLA
Fassin, Yves, A Werner, A Van Rossem, et al. “CSR and Related Terms in SME Owner-managers’ Mental Models in Six European Countries: National Context Matters.” JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS 128.2 (2015): 433–456. Print.