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Walid Cheffi, Chrisovaladis Malesios and Prasanta Kumar Dey
Krishnendu Saha, Chrisovaladis Malesios, Soumyadeb Chowdhury and Prasanta Kumar Dey
There is a critical gap in assessing how institutional voids affect SMEs' growth, investment commitment and reputation. The purpose of this paper is to explain how…
There is a critical gap in assessing how institutional voids affect SMEs' growth, investment commitment and reputation. The purpose of this paper is to explain how institutional void affects these three dimensions of SME performance; and to develop an institutional void-SME performance framework that can be applied for strategising, resourcing and competency acquisition for better performance.
The study used the Enterprise Survey Data of the World Bank, consisting of 118,763 firms from 140 countries. The structural equation modelling (SEM) is used to analyse the data, validate our analytical model and investigate the imposed theoretical claims of causality as indicated by specific research questions through correlation/covariation between the constructs of institutional void and SME performance.
Evidence suggests that there is a strong positive correlation between formal institutional infrastructure (independent variable) and SMEs' reputation (dependent variable). Among the institutional sub-constructs, tax administration, business licensing and permits, access to a bigger market and skilled labour and informal competition are significant for the SME performance constructs. We find similar results while comparing SMEs with large businesses.
The institutional void-SME performance framework developed from our findings will allow SMEs to manage institutional voids affecting their performance. The analytical framework can also be the foundation for future empirical research.
The originality of the study is embedded in its investigation of SMEs' investment commitment and reputation in relation to institutional voids. The latent relationship between the sub-constructs of institutional voids and SME performance adds new knowledge to the dynamic relationship between institutions and firm performance.
Antonis Skouloudis, George J. Avlonitis, Chrisovaladis Malesios and Konstantinos Evangelinos
The purpose of this paper is to inform the business management literature that focuses on the perceptions of business professionals towards the multidimensional and highly…
The purpose of this paper is to inform the business management literature that focuses on the perceptions of business professionals towards the multidimensional and highly complex concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
This study is based on a sample of 118 Greek business executives/middle managers having different functional positions. A questionnaire based on the works of Quazi and O’Brien (2000) and Welford et al. (2007) was designed and used for data collection.
Key findings denote occupational health and safety, benign environmental management as well as responsible production methods as the top CSR priorities. Two different CSR viewpoints emerged from the factor analysis reflecting a pragmatic and a more socially responsive interpretation of corporate responsibility. Cluster analysis confirmed such contrasting perspectives allowing the partition of data in distinctive groups according to the relative inclination on either of the identified viewpoints. Similarity measures obtained from cluster analysis also verified the different CSR positions.
The paper explores CSR perceptions, as predictor factors of CSR performance, in three different groups of Greek business professionals. It contributes to the literature of CSR perspectives from South-East European countries where there is a distinct lack of empirical studies on managerial attitudes.