Intrinsic CSR and Competition

Doing well amongst European SMEs

Editors: Wehrmeyer, Walter, Looser, Stéphanie, Del Baldo, Mara (Eds.)

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  • Presents case studies and theory 
    Promotes new connections between CSR and firm values
    Develops a European perspective towards CSR

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This edited book is at the intersection of the discussion on family-owned business, the CSR agenda and company competition in Europe. The authors contribute to the debates on corporate social responsibility by arguing that formal management systems are not the one-size-fits-all solution they are typically presented to be. Exploring alternative interpretations of the profile environmental management activities have in SMEs, the book evaluates the way in which cultural and ethical values are embedded in European SMEs in order to drive and orientate CSR successfully without following the mainstream ‘systems’ approach. It addresses several values of thought within the CSR debate such as intrinsic CSR, the role of virtue ethics and moral theory in corporate culture, environmental sustainability and vision-driven CSR. Focusing on a European perspective, the book heuristically explores an alternative model for the integration of CSR, innovation dynamics and economic success driven by intrinsic values rather than extrinsic post-decision rationalisations.

About the authors

Walter Wehrmeyer is Reader in Environmental Business Management at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability of the University of Surrey, UK. His 25 years of experience in teaching and research cover the organisation of sustainable development within private and public sector organisations, as well as the context in which managerial decisions towards sustainable development come about.

Stéphanie Looser is a postgraduate researcher in Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey, UK, focusing on Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and their unconventional but sophisticated approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She is evaluating these heuristic and/or ethics-driven business models for comparison with standard systems in order to hasten them towards policy.

Mara Del Baldo is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Financial Accounting and the Economics of Sustainability at ‘Carlo Bo’ University of Urbino, Italy. She leads several initiatives aimed at raising awareness of CSR, sustainability, entrepreneurship and business ethics among students, business and institutions.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

Table of contents (22 chapters)
  • Overview: Formal Management Systems, Intrinsic CSR, and the Role of Culture in Management

    Pages 7-16

    Looser, Stéphanie

  • Honourable Merchants as a Role Model for Responsible Leadership: History and Perspectives

    Pages 17-33

    Schwalbach, Joachim

  • Company Case Study 1: To (Crafts)Man Up—How Swiss SMEs Cope with CSR in Harsh Times

    Pages 35-79

    Looser, Stéphanie (et al.)

  • Company Case Study 2: Novex AG—Frustration and the Great European Office Furniture Hunt

    Pages 81-84

    Brûlé, Tyler

  • Overview: Virtue Ethics and Managerial Control

    Pages 87-104

    Del Baldo, Mara

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intrinsic CSR and Competition
Book Subtitle
Doing well amongst European SMEs
Editors
  • Walter Wehrmeyer
  • Stéphanie Looser
  • Mara Del Baldo
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21037-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21037-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21036-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-21039-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 396
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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