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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Moral commitments to community: Mapping social responsibility and its ambiguities among small business owners
Author(s): Lange, Elizabeth A
Fenwick, Tara
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Keywords: social responsibility
workplace learning
small business learning
Social responsibility of business
Business ethics
Issue Date: 2008
Date Deposited: 13-Feb-2012
Citation: Lange EA & Fenwick T (2008) Moral commitments to community: Mapping social responsibility and its ambiguities among small business owners. Social Responsibility Journal, 4 (1/2), pp. 41-55.
Abstract: This article maps the different moral positions related to social responsibility (SR) as articulated by 25 small business owners and explains how they understand their positions within a range of SR practices. The morality underpinning their social responsibility tended to be embedded in a sense of relationship with and commitment to the well-being of the local geographic community but was threaded with felt ambiguities. Through an ethical analysis, we argue that this moral commitment to community is connected to a relational worldview, distinct from values and assumptions driving the existing economic system, yet they pursue this vision as individual actors rather than working collectively.
DOI Link: 10.1108/17471110810856820
Rights: Published in Social Responsibility Journal by Emerald.

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