An international approach to business research

Dr Jyoti Navare

Small Business Social Responsibility in developing countries

As part of a university with a global reach, with campuses in Dubai, Malta and Mauritius as well as London, it is only natural that Middlesex's School of Business takes an international approach to its research.

For Professor Jedrzej George Frynas and Dr Jyoti Navare, the particular multinational focus of their work is Small Business Social Responsibility (SBSR) in developing countries.

These nations play host to a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises that are often expected to take voluntary environmental measures in the absence of effective mandatory regulation from their governments, yet very little research has thus far been conducted in this area.

Professor Jedrzej George Frynas

In order to improve understanding of this SME-Corporate Social Responsibility dynamic, Professor Frynas and Dr Navare have joined forces with Laura J Spence from Royal Holloway and Judy Muthuri from Nottingham University to organise a series of Economic and Social Research Council-funded seminars attended by authors and practitioners on the subject.

The first of these, 'CSR and SMEs in Africa', took place in Botswana in January 2014, followed by a session at Middlesex's Hendon campus in April to discuss 'Comparative Perspectives on CSR among SMEs'.

A further four sessions are scheduled in between November 2014 and November 2015 at various venues across the UK, including the offices of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in London.

Following the conclusion of the 'Corporate Social Responsibility among Small and Medium-sized Enterprises from Developing/Emerging Economies' series, the Research Handbook on Small Business Social Responsibility will be published by Edward Elgar. The deadline for chapter submissions is 31 July 2015.

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