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Communicating about Ethics with Small Firms: Experiences from the U.K. and Spain

  • Laura J. Spence
  • José Félix Lozano
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Abstract

This article introduces the important issue of communicating with small firms about ethical issues. Evidence from two research projects from the U.K. and Spain are used to indicate some of the important issues and how small firms may differ from large firms in this area. The importance of informal mechanisms such as the influence of friends, family and employees are highlighted, and the likely ineffectiveness of formal tools such as Codes and Social and Ethical Standards suggested. Further resarch in the area of small firms and ethics is essential.

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communication ethics small firms social responsibility Spain United Kingdom 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura J. Spence
    • 1
  • José Félix Lozano
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Business and ManagementBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK
  2. 2.ETNORValenciaSpain

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