Understanding value conflict to engage SME managers with business greening

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622913
Title:
Understanding value conflict to engage SME managers with business greening
Authors:
Williams, Sarah ( 0000-0002-6923-5217 ) ; Schaefer, A.; Blundel, R.
Other Titles:
Perspectives on Philosophy of Management and Business Ethics, Ethical Economy. Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy
Abstract:
The objective of this chapter is to contribute to the understanding of why SME managers engage with business greening. Ethical tensions are understood through use of the Schwartz Value System. The starting assumption is that the business framing of the environment, to save money and save the planet (win-win), is not value free but instead draws on conflicting values of power and universalism. The empirical research for this chapter engaged 31 SME managers in semi-structured interviews from a variety of business sectors within the East of England. The results showed that ‘power’ values are not the only way of filtering and constructing business greening. Managers were found to be drawing on the full range of values with marker values linked with ‘achievement’, particularly clear. It is concluded that manager values, especially within SMEs, are key to understanding the interplay of motivations for engaging with business greening. The ‘win-win’ concept needs to evolve to take managers beyond quick financial savings. It is argued that one way to do that may be to reframe environmental issues for business to stimulate values other than power. Practitioner work, in partnership with Bedfordshire Green Business Network (GBN), reports the usefulness of such approaches.  
Citation:
Williams S, Schaefer A, Blundel R. (2017) 'Understanding value conflict to engage SME managers with business greening', in Rendtorff JD (ed(s).). Perspectives on Philosophy of Management and Business Ethics, Ethical Economy. Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy, 51 edn, : Springer pp.73-92.
Publisher:
Springer
Issue Date:
1-Feb-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622913
DOI:
10.1007/978-3-319-46973-7_6
Additional Links:
https://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319469720
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISBN:
9783319469737
Appears in Collections:
Business and management

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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Sarahen
dc.contributor.authorSchaefer, A.en
dc.contributor.authorBlundel, R.en
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-04T12:26:44Z-
dc.date.available2018-10-04T12:26:44Z-
dc.date.issued2017-02-01-
dc.identifier.citationWilliams S, Schaefer A, Blundel R. (2017) 'Understanding value conflict to engage SME managers with business greening', in Rendtorff JD (ed(s).). Perspectives on Philosophy of Management and Business Ethics, Ethical Economy. Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy, 51 edn, : Springer pp.73-92.en
dc.identifier.isbn9783319469737-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/978-3-319-46973-7_6-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622913-
dc.description.abstractThe objective of this chapter is to contribute to the understanding of why SME managers engage with business greening. Ethical tensions are understood through use of the Schwartz Value System. The starting assumption is that the business framing of the environment, to save money and save the planet (win-win), is not value free but instead draws on conflicting values of power and universalism. The empirical research for this chapter engaged 31 SME managers in semi-structured interviews from a variety of business sectors within the East of England. The results showed that ‘power’ values are not the only way of filtering and constructing business greening. Managers were found to be drawing on the full range of values with marker values linked with ‘achievement’, particularly clear. It is concluded that manager values, especially within SMEs, are key to understanding the interplay of motivations for engaging with business greening. The ‘win-win’ concept needs to evolve to take managers beyond quick financial savings. It is argued that one way to do that may be to reframe environmental issues for business to stimulate values other than power. Practitioner work, in partnership with Bedfordshire Green Business Network (GBN), reports the usefulness of such approaches.  en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringeren
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319469720en
dc.subjectsmall- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)en
dc.subjectvaluesen
dc.subjectSMEsen
dc.subjectsmall to medium-sized enterprisesen
dc.titleUnderstanding value conflict to engage SME managers with business greeningen
dc.title.alternativePerspectives on Philosophy of Management and Business Ethics, Ethical Economy. Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophyen
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.date.updated2018-10-04T12:12:25Z-
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