Introduction: Global Perspectives on Ethics in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

  • Laura J. SpenceEmail author
  • Mollie Painter-Morland
Part of the The International Society of Business, Economics, and Ethics Book Series book series (ISBEE, volume 2)


Within the business ethics field, the presumption of the unit of analysis as a large firm has always been the norm. In recent years, however, recognition that this narrow approach is inappropriate has been rising. Journal special issues on the topic of smaller businesses and ethics can be found in both business, and ethics journals, but have been regional in perspective, with examples from the United States (Harris et al., 2009) and most consistently, Europe (Spence & Rutherfoord, 2003; Moore & Spence, 2006; Morsing & Perrini, 2009). Unfortunately, there is much less to report in terms of research on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries.


Corporate Social Responsibility Supply Chain Business Ethic Social Responsibility Large Firm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research into Sustainability School of ManagementRoyal Holloway University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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