Technological competition, innovation motive and corporate social responsibility: Evidence from top managers of European SMEs

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Various motives have been proposed for firms to engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR), but no attention has been paid to innovation as a motive to engage in CSR. In this paper we explore the role of this motive and hypothesize that it is particularly important for companies facing intensive technological competition. We find support for this in a sample of 2579 top managers of small and medium sized enterprises from 12 European countries. The innovation motive mediates the relationship between technological competition and CSR and is the most (second most) important motive for environmental and social CSR, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
JournalDe Economist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020



  • corporate social responsibility
  • innovation motivation
  • SMEs
  • technological competition

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