This thesis, in the form of a compendium of five academic articles based on field research published in academic journals, presents the level of understanding and familiarisation with the concept of social responsibility (CSR) among Catalan SME managers and employers. The thesis focuses on the aim to increase net worth as being the goal behind this concept of CSR, which is defined as a series of specific practices basically addressed to employees. These are practices, however, which affect actions related with the other agents who also interact with the company. The text highlights the differences in smaller and larger companies' approaches to CSR. It is not concealed risk management, nor the desire for social legitimation, nor is it merely an attempt at concealed marketing that draws SMEs to CSR. Above all, it is a way of increasing and intensifying relationships with the interested parties 'stakeholders' with the possibility of achieving competitive benefits in the future. This link between the desire to act in a socially aware manner and the inherent interest of searching for competitive advantages allows us to speak about CSR expressed as a way of being in the market. It is a corporate culture focused towards a management model, which, as put forward by several authors, falls under the label of responsible and sustainable competitiveness. Finally, the thesis also highlights the role of public administrations in the effort to bring CSR closer to SMEs. It also provides some explanatory keys with which to begin to understand CSR's possible role in the dissemination and promotion of a competitiveness model incorporating elements of CSR. Some guidelines have been included to clarify the language used, bringing it closer in line with the parameters used by small and medium-sized employers, and fundamentally linking it to their global business model.

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Murillo Bonvehí, David

La responsabilitat social de l'empresa a les pimes de Catalunya: anàlisi del discurs empresarial

07/2008
itemDefault This thesis, in the form of a compendium of five academic articles based on field research published in academic journals, presents the level of understanding and familiarisation with the concept of social responsibility (CSR) among Catalan SME managers and employers. The thesis focuses on the aim to increase net worth as being the goal behind this concept of CSR, which is defined as a series of specific practices basically addressed to employees. These are practices, however, which affect actions related with the other agents who also interact with the company. The text highlights the differences in smaller and larger companies' approaches to CSR. It is not concealed risk management, nor the desire for social legitimation, nor is it merely an attempt at concealed marketing that draws SMEs to CSR. Above all, it is a way of increasing and intensifying relationships with the interested parties 'stakeholders' with the possibility of achieving competitive benefits in the future. This link between the desire to act in a socially aware manner and the inherent interest of searching for competitive advantages allows us to speak about CSR expressed as a way of being in the market. It is a corporate culture focused towards a management model, which, as put forward by several authors, falls under the label of responsible and sustainable competitiveness. Finally, the thesis also highlights the role of public administrations in the effort to bring CSR closer to SMEs. It also provides some explanatory keys with which to begin to understand CSR's possible role in the dissemination and promotion of a competitiveness model incorporating elements of CSR. Some guidelines have been included to clarify the language used, bringing it closer in line with the parameters used by small and medium-sized employers, and fundamentally linking it to their global business model.
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La responsabilitat social de l'empresa a les pimes de Catalunya: anàlisi del discurs empresarial
Murillo Bonvehí, David
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

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