Ethics in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

A Global Commentary

  • Laura Spence
  • Mollie Painter-Morland

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Global overviews

  3. Individual research : THEORY DEVELOPMENT

  4. Individual research : EMPIRICAL RESEARCH

  5. Individual research: CASE EXAMPLES

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Francesco Ciliberti, Pierpaolo Pontrandolfo, Barbara Scozzi
      Pages 291-311
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 333-347

About this book


This book is the first of its kind – a global overview of extant research on ethics in small and medium sized enterprises. While vast amounts of corporate money, government policy and media time are directed at the social and ethical activities of large corporations, small businesses don’t generally attract the spotlight. This is wildly inappropriate, however, since upward of 90% of private businesses are small or medium sized. This book goes some way to helping us understand the social and ethical contribution of this majority organizational form. The first section of the book is a global round-up of research on ethics in small and medium sized enterprises from major regions of the world. In the second section smaller scale research projects from a variety of countries present both empirical and theoretical advances in the area. Anyone with an interest in ethics and small and medium sized enterprises should find this an inspiring book which paves the way for future research.


Business Ethics CSR Corporate Social Responsibility Entrepreneurship Ethics Private Businesses Responsible entreprenership Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Small and Medium sized businesses Social and ethical activities

Editors and affiliations

  • Laura Spence
    • 1
  • Mollie Painter-Morland
    • 2
  1. 1.University of London, School of ManagementRoyal HollowayEgham, SurreyUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Dept. PhilosophyDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA

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