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Entrepreneurs’ personal values and CSR orientations: evidence from SMEs in Zambia

Entrepreneurs’ personal values and CSR orientations: evidence from SMEs in Zambia The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between entrepreneurs’ personal values and corporate social responsibility (CSR) orientations among small- and medium-sized enterprises in a developing country, Zambia.Design/methodology/approachData were collected through questionnaires. Two linear regression models were used to test the hypotheses.FindingsSelf-transcendence values have a significant positive influence on socially oriented CSR but do not influence environmentally oriented CSR. Self-enhancement values do not affect social and environmental CSR orientations. Conservation values have a marginally positive influence on environmentally oriented CSR but no influence on socially oriented CSR. Finally, openness to change has a significant positive influence on environmentally orientated CSR but no influence on socially oriented CSR.Research limitations/implicationsThe limitations of this study relates to the sector from which the sample was drawn, other predictors of CSR orientations, use of cross-sectional data, and the replication of this study to validate its findings.Practical implicationsThe findings inform policy-makers, scholars, educators, and regulators on the importance of aligning personal values with environmental and social concerns, thereby influencing entrepreneurs’ CSR orientations for the well-being of society and the natural environment.Originality/valueThis paper shows the influence of personal values on CSR orientations among entrepreneurs in a hardly researched Sub-Saharan Africa country. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development Emerald Publishing

Entrepreneurs’ personal values and CSR orientations: evidence from SMEs in Zambia

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1462-6004
DOI
10.1108/jsbed-02-2017-0080
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between entrepreneurs’ personal values and corporate social responsibility (CSR) orientations among small- and medium-sized enterprises in a developing country, Zambia.Design/methodology/approachData were collected through questionnaires. Two linear regression models were used to test the hypotheses.FindingsSelf-transcendence values have a significant positive influence on socially oriented CSR but do not influence environmentally oriented CSR. Self-enhancement values do not affect social and environmental CSR orientations. Conservation values have a marginally positive influence on environmentally oriented CSR but no influence on socially oriented CSR. Finally, openness to change has a significant positive influence on environmentally orientated CSR but no influence on socially oriented CSR.Research limitations/implicationsThe limitations of this study relates to the sector from which the sample was drawn, other predictors of CSR orientations, use of cross-sectional data, and the replication of this study to validate its findings.Practical implicationsThe findings inform policy-makers, scholars, educators, and regulators on the importance of aligning personal values with environmental and social concerns, thereby influencing entrepreneurs’ CSR orientations for the well-being of society and the natural environment.Originality/valueThis paper shows the influence of personal values on CSR orientations among entrepreneurs in a hardly researched Sub-Saharan Africa country.

Journal

Journal of Small Business and Enterprise DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 7, 2019

Keywords: Africa; Corporate social responsibility; SMEs; Zambia; Developing country; Personal values

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