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Perceptions of corporate social responsibility amongst immigrant entrepreneurs

Azmat, Fara and Zutshi, Ambika 2012, Perceptions of corporate social responsibility amongst immigrant entrepreneurs, Social responsibility journal, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 63-76.

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Title Perceptions of corporate social responsibility amongst immigrant entrepreneurs
Author(s) Azmat, FaraORCID iD for Azmat, Fara orcid.org/0000-0001-5608-3130
Zutshi, AmbikaORCID iD for Zutshi, Ambika orcid.org/0000-0002-0982-5303
Journal name Social responsibility journal
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 63
End page 76
Total pages 14
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1747-1117
1758-857X
Keyword(s) Corporate social responsibility
immigrant entrepreneurs
Sri Lanka
stakeholders
social capital
entrepreneurialism
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the understanding of the term corporate social responsibility (CSR) by Sri Lankan immigrant entrepreneurs in Australia. It also seeks to investigate the importance the entrepreneurs place on CSR, their understanding of stakeholders, the types of CSR activities undertaken by them, and the issue of social capital.

Design/methodology/approach –
Data were collected through in-depth semi-structured interviews with Sri Lankan entrepreneurs based in Victoria, Australia.

Findings – The interviewees were aware of the term CSR but, nevertheless, had different interpretations of its meaning. However, CSR was considered important and all the interviewees were, in some way, involved in CSR activities and also had a good understanding of the importance of their stakeholders. Findings also highlighted the significance attached to social capital by the entrepreneurs such as informal relationships and trustworthiness which build the intangible attributes of CSR. The present findings can be attributed to immigrant entrepreneurs behaving partly to adapt to the host country, by changing their beliefs, values, traditions and partly by being influenced by their home country culture as found in the extended part of this current study.

Research limitations/implications –
This paper addresses gaps in the fields of both CSR and immigrant entrepreneurship literature. However, the small sample size is a limitation and further research is required in order to generalize the findings.

Originality/value –
It is important to have an understanding of the interpretation of social responsibility amongst immigrant entrepreneurs. Despite the steadily growing number of Sri Lankan immigrant entrepreneurs and their potential impact on the Victorian and Australian socio-economic context, this area remains under-researched. This paper addresses this gap in the literature and makes an attempt to provide insight into this area that can be used as a catalyst for future research.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
Socio Economic Objective 950402 Business Ethics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046555

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