Social and symbolic capital and responsible entrepreneurship: an empirical investigation of SME narratives

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58404
Title:
Social and symbolic capital and responsible entrepreneurship: an empirical investigation of SME narratives
Authors:
Fuller, E. (Ted); Tian, Y. (Yumiao)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. Teesside Business School.
Citation:
Fuller, E. and Tian, Y. (2006) 'Social and symbolic capital and responsible entrepreneurship: an empirical investigation of SME narratives', Journal of Business Ethics, 67 (3), pp.287-304.
Publisher:
Springer Verlag
Journal:
Journal of Business Ethics
Issue Date:
Sep-2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58404
DOI:
10.1007/s10551-006-9185-3
Abstract:
This paper investigates links between social capital and symbolic capital and responsible entrepreneurship in the context of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The source of the primary data was 144 ‘Business Profiles’, written by the owner-managers of small businesses in application for a Small Business Awards competition in 2005. Included in each of these narratives were claims relating to the firms’ contributions to wider society, relationships with customers, employees and stakeholders. These narratives were coded and classified in a framework drawn from Nahapiet and Ghoshal’s (1998, Academy of Management Review 23(2), 242–266) categorisation of social capital. The analysis revealed a range of strategic orientations towards the development of social and symbolic capital, along a conceptual continuum ranging from being responsible for oneself to being responsible for others. Overall, the evidence demonstrates the significance of the power inherent in the social relations of SMEs as a force for ethical behaviour, and suggests that normative theories of the development of social capital may provide ‘competitive advantage’ through responsible behaviour for small business in the global economy.
Type:
Article
Keywords:
CSR; social responsibility; responsible entrepreneurship; SME; social capital; symbolic capital
ISSN:
1573-0697
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 26/01/2010]
Citation Count:
6 [Scopus, 12/01/2010]

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorFuller, E. (Ted)-
dc.contributor.authorTian, Y. (Yumiao)-
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-01T10:51:12Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-01T10:51:12Z-
dc.date.issued2006-09-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Business Ethics; 67 (3): 287-304-
dc.identifier.issn1573-0697-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10551-006-9185-3-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/58404-
dc.description.abstractThis paper investigates links between social capital and symbolic capital and responsible entrepreneurship in the context of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The source of the primary data was 144 ‘Business Profiles’, written by the owner-managers of small businesses in application for a Small Business Awards competition in 2005. Included in each of these narratives were claims relating to the firms’ contributions to wider society, relationships with customers, employees and stakeholders. These narratives were coded and classified in a framework drawn from Nahapiet and Ghoshal’s (1998, Academy of Management Review 23(2), 242–266) categorisation of social capital. The analysis revealed a range of strategic orientations towards the development of social and symbolic capital, along a conceptual continuum ranging from being responsible for oneself to being responsible for others. Overall, the evidence demonstrates the significance of the power inherent in the social relations of SMEs as a force for ethical behaviour, and suggests that normative theories of the development of social capital may provide ‘competitive advantage’ through responsible behaviour for small business in the global economy.-
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag-
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 26/01/2010]-
dc.subjectCSR-
dc.subjectsocial responsibility-
dc.subjectresponsible entrepreneurship-
dc.subjectSME-
dc.subjectsocial capital-
dc.subjectsymbolic capital-
dc.titleSocial and symbolic capital and responsible entrepreneurship: an empirical investigation of SME narratives-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. Teesside Business School.-
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Business Ethics-
ref.assessmentRAE 2008-
ref.citationcount6 [Scopus, 12/01/2010]-
or.citation.harvardFuller, E. and Tian, Y. (2006) 'Social and symbolic capital and responsible entrepreneurship: an empirical investigation of SME narratives', Journal of Business Ethics, 67 (3), pp.287-304.-
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