Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Sustainable Development: In the Shadows of Large Lead Firms in Global Value Chains

Journal of International Business Policy, 4 (1), 80-101. https://doi.org/10.1057/s42214-020-00089-z

The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper

45 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2021 Last revised: 17 Mar 2021

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Noemi Sinkovics

University of Auckland Business School

Rudolf R Sinkovics

University of Auckland Business School

Jason Archie-Acheampong

Rush Group Limited

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the potential contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and derive implications for policy makers based on the insights. Our findings indicate that despite their comparatively smaller size, SMEs can contribute significantly to the achievement of the SDGs. We conclude that both lead firms and policy makers need to take a more differentiated approach in their interactions with SMEs. Instead of universally regarding smaller firms as standard takers, lead firms and policy makers need to acknowledge that they can make a significant contribution to standard-setting and standard-adapting efforts. Consequently, SMEs need to be regarded as an important resource in multi-stakeholder initiatives regarding the SDGs.

Keywords: sustainable development goals (SDGs), global value chains, small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), multinational enterprises (MNEs), responsible business, flexible pattern matching

Suggested Citation

Sinkovics, Noemi and Sinkovics, Rudolf R and Archie-Acheampong, Jason, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Sustainable Development: In the Shadows of Large Lead Firms in Global Value Chains (2021). Journal of International Business Policy, 4 (1), 80-101. https://doi.org/10.1057/s42214-020-00089-z , The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3778426

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Rudolf R Sinkovics

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Jason Archie-Acheampong

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