African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4137


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engagement in corporate social responsibility (CSR) in developing countries: Literature review

Peter K. Turyakira
  • Peter K. Turyakira
  • Department of Marketing and Management, College of Business and Management Sciences (COBAMS), School of Business, Makerere University Uganda.
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  •  Received: 07 April 2017
  •  Accepted: 28 July 2017
  •  Published: 28 September 2017


Although corporate social responsibility (CSR) has globally been recognized by both large and small businesses, little literature is currently available regarding the motivation and barriers for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engagement in CSR practices. Until recently, the involvement of SMEs in social activities has received little attention by both scholars and practitioners. Therefore, this study is aimed at conducting a thorough literature review with regard to SMEs engagement in CSR activities. The study critically analyses the drivers and barriers to SMEs engagement in CSR practices, and then proposes strategies that SMEs can adopt to effectively participate in CSR activities.

Key words: Corporate social responsibility (CSR), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), drivers and barriers for SMEs engagement in CSR.