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Sustainability and legitimacy theory: The case of sustainable social and environmental practices of small and medium‐sized enterprises

Richard M. Crossley, Mohamed Elmagrhi Orcid Logo, Collins G. Ntim

Business Strategy and the Environment, Volume: 30, Issue: 8, Pages: 1 - 45

Swansea University Author: Mohamed Elmagrhi Orcid Logo

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The aim of this paper is to identify and gain insights into small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) rationales (‘why’) for engaging in sustainable social and environmental practices (SEPs) that influence social and environmental policy and sustainability changes. Specifically, we depart from the...

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ISSN: 0964-4733 1099-0836
Published: Wiley 2021
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