'A tough line to work through': ethical ambiguities in a South African SME

Vivier, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3401-0365, 2013. 'A tough line to work through': ethical ambiguities in a South African SME. African Journal of Business Ethics, 7 (2), pp. 68-78. ISSN 1817-7417

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The unique contexts and experiences of SMEs have recently been taken up as a gap within business ethics scholarship. In this exploratory paper, I aim to contribute to the knowledge of ethics within SMEs through an in-depth case study comprising interviews, site visits and document analysis of a South African SME. The paper examines the SMEs’ three owners’ perceptions of ethics and corporate social responsibility, as well as the ethical challenges arising from their employee relations. The case illuminates the deep uncertainties and contradictions that permeate the owners’ values and practices and points to ethical decision-making as a process of reflection and moral imagination.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: African Journal of Business Ethics
Creators: Vivier, E.
Publisher: African Sun Media
Date: 2013
Volume: 7
Number: 2
ISSN: 1817-7417
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 26 Nov 2019 16:20
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2019 16:20
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38541

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