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Analysis of small business social responsibility practices in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Msweli, Pumela Masarira, Spiwe Kursawa 2016-01-21T12:43:34Z 2016-01-21T12:43:34Z 2014-06
dc.identifier.citation Masarira, Spiwe Kursawa (2014) Analysis od small business social responsibility practices in South Africa, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Social responsibility (SR) is a business management concept that originated in the early 1930s after the Wall Street crash of 1929 exposed corporate irresponsibility in large organizations. Whilst the initial interpretation of SR has been modified and refined since it was first used, the significance of this multidimensional concept for the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector has continued to be overshadowed by its application to large and multinational organizations. The knowledge of social activities in the SME sector, particularly in South Africa, has remained unexplored due to relatively little attention being given until recent years. In cognizance of the above mentioned, this study wishes to expand the body of knowledge in respect of the social responsibility of small businesses. This study presented a qualitative content analysis of annual reports from 2008 to 2012 of companies listed on the JSE ALT exchange to explore small business social responsibility practices using NVIVO to analyze data. Findings from this study support the view that small businesses are not always profit driven and that they are therefore fundamentally distinct from large organizations. South African small businesses are however not yet strategic about SR. Creating and maintaining their reputation as good corporate citizens through relationships with stakeholders is their primary motivation for participating in social activities. The study results show that SR in small businesses is still evolving and that year after year there is an increase in involvement and interest in SR issues. The findings of this study, and confirmation of the new knowledge gained will assist policy makers and practitioners in designing plans and policies that will increase socially responsible behaviour of small businesses and develop a comprehensive theory of SR in small businesses in South Africa. This can potentially enhance inclusive economic growth while simultaneously dealing with the country’s socio economic problems. Future studies can be extended to include other SMEs in South Africa, specifically micro enterprises and comparisons formed by a larger population may demonstrate and explain trends more clearly. The results of this study can also be compared with large companies listed on the JSE and to other African economies. A longitudinal study investigating SMEs’ participation in SR in different economic conditions could test the fact that a change has occurred in the attitudes of small businesses from 2008 to 2012 towards social responsibility en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (194 leaves), color illustrations
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Corporate social responsibility en
dc.subject SME en
dc.subject Stakeholder en
dc.subject ALT exchange en
dc.subject SR initiatives en
dc.subject.ddc 658.0220968
dc.subject.lcsh Small enterprises -- South Africa -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Industries -- South Africa -- Social aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Social responsibility of business -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Business ethics -- South Africa
dc.title Analysis of small business social responsibility practices in South Africa en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Business Management en D.B.L

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