Why do managers of small and medium-sized businesses seek voluntary Living Wage accreditation? – an exploration of choice rationales

Werner, Andrea ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3746-7248 (2021) Why do managers of small and medium-sized businesses seek voluntary Living Wage accreditation? – an exploration of choice rationales. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 30 (6) . pp. 778-789. ISSN 1359-432X [Article] (doi:10.1080/1359432X.2021.1908417)

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Abstract

This article explores empirically the choice rationales for voluntary adoption of the Living Wage (LW) by managers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. Framed analytically by related concerns within the fields of employment relations/HRM in SMEs, business ethics and signalling, interviews with owners/directors from 23 SMEs identified a four-fold typology of choice rationales for the LW as: an expression of care for employees, the basis for a high quality service business model, a marker of corporate social responsibility, and a signal to challenge the practice of other economic actors. Opportunities and barriers for voluntary adoption of the LW in SMEs are considered, in addition to their economic effects. The practical implications for LW movements and SME managers are drawn out, and avenues for further research identified.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics group
Item ID: 32835
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology on 07 Apr 2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1359432X.2021.1908417
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Depositing User: Andrea Werner
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2021 08:44
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2022 11:26
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/32835

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