Our research paper investigates the relationship between CSR and firm performance to uncover the impact CSR has on market performance and financial performance. Our rationale is that in the case of emerging economies, CSR may not yield an immediate financial benefit, but we cede that the impact on financial performance is more of a spill over effect from a positive impact on market performance. A quantitative research design is adopted to test the proposed hypotheses. Data were collected from 100 SMEs in Zimbabwe. The proposed conceptual model was analysed using a multiple regression approach. The study’s findings confirmed that business strategy moderates the relationship between CSR and firm performance. The conclusions of our investigation indicate that business strategy has a moderating effect on CSR and firm performance. Deducing from our survey findings, we recommend that SMEs should adopt prospector strategy and analyser strategies to effectively implement CSR initiatives.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||International Journal of Business and Systems Research|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Mar 2022|
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This work is supported by VC Research (VCR 0000043) for Professor Chang.
- business strategy
- corporate social responsibility
- emerging economy
- firm performance
- small and medium enterprises