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Small Business and the Environment in the UK and the Netherlands: Toward Stakeholder Cooperation

Small Business and the Environment in the UK and the Netherlands: Toward Stakeholder Cooperation <jats:title>Abstract:</jats:title><jats:p>In this paper, the approaches of a sample of small firms to environmental issues in the UK and the Netherlands are compared. The study makes a contribution by addressing the lack of research on small firms and the environment, as well as offering insights into the influence that cultural, institutional, and political frameworks can have on small firm owner-managers’ attitudes to external issues. The environment is considered here as an ethical issue, drawing on work on the environmental responsibility of business by both Bowie (1990) and Hoffman (1991). It is argued that the approaches to the environment identified in this study by Dutch and UK small firm owner-managers do not fit in with the positions of either Bowie or Hoffman. The concept of stakeholder cooperation is proposed as a more realistic alternative.</jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Business Ethics Quarterly CrossRef

Small Business and the Environment in the UK and the Netherlands: Toward Stakeholder Cooperation

Business Ethics Quarterly , Volume 10 (4): 945-965 – Oct 1, 2000

Small Business and the Environment in the UK and the Netherlands: Toward Stakeholder Cooperation


Abstract

<jats:title>Abstract:</jats:title><jats:p>In this paper, the approaches of a sample of small firms to environmental issues in the UK and the Netherlands are compared. The study makes a contribution by addressing the lack of research on small firms and the environment, as well as offering insights into the influence that cultural, institutional, and political frameworks can have on small firm owner-managers’ attitudes to external issues. The environment is considered here as an ethical issue, drawing on work on the environmental responsibility of business by both Bowie (1990) and Hoffman (1991). It is argued that the approaches to the environment identified in this study by Dutch and UK small firm owner-managers do not fit in with the positions of either Bowie or Hoffman. The concept of stakeholder cooperation is proposed as a more realistic alternative.</jats:p>

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1052-150X
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10.2307/3857841
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Abstract

<jats:title>Abstract:</jats:title><jats:p>In this paper, the approaches of a sample of small firms to environmental issues in the UK and the Netherlands are compared. The study makes a contribution by addressing the lack of research on small firms and the environment, as well as offering insights into the influence that cultural, institutional, and political frameworks can have on small firm owner-managers’ attitudes to external issues. The environment is considered here as an ethical issue, drawing on work on the environmental responsibility of business by both Bowie (1990) and Hoffman (1991). It is argued that the approaches to the environment identified in this study by Dutch and UK small firm owner-managers do not fit in with the positions of either Bowie or Hoffman. The concept of stakeholder cooperation is proposed as a more realistic alternative.</jats:p>

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Business Ethics QuarterlyCrossRef

Published: Oct 1, 2000

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