The Role of Culture in Responsible Business Practice: An Exploration of Finnish and Russian SMEs

Maria Uzhegova, Lasse Torkkeli, Maria Ivanova-Gongne

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    National culture has been studied extensively in the context of small- and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) internationalization processes. With the current focus on the greater integration of SMEs into both international trade and achievement of global sustainability, it is worth investigating the role that national culture plays in SMEs’ responsible business practices in the cross-border business relationship context. The qualitative approach used to study Finnish and Russian SMEs reveals that the cultural differences are reflected in SMEs’ responsible business practices only to some extent while they are more visible in their international business. This study thus contributes to the literature on both SME internationalization and small business responsibility by applying the lens of national culture to the phenomenon of small business responsibility in international business relationships.

    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Title of host publicationThe Changing Strategies of International Business. The Academy of International Business
    EditorsA. Chidlow, P. Ghauri, T. Buckley, E. Gardner, A. Qamar, E. Pickering
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-03931-8
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-03930-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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