Show simple item record Masocha, Reginald Fatoki, Olawale 2019-10-15T07:09:31Z 2019-10-15T07:09:31Z 2018
dc.identifier.issn 2071-1050
dc.identifier.issn 2071-1050
dc.description Sustainability 2018, 10, 3032; doi:10.3390/su10093032 en_US
dc.description.abstract The study sought to examine the role that coercive isomorphic pressures play in the sustainable development practices by small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The survey research approach was utilised in the research through 222 self-administered questionnaires distributed to SME owners and managers. The structural equation modelling (SEM) method was utilised to analyse the data through the Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) method in Amos Version 24 software. Major findings in this study are that coercive isomorphic pressures have a significant impact on all the three dimensions of sustainable development which are economic, environmental and social. The implications are that government, environmental pressure groups and other stakeholders need to take into consideration the coercive pressures such as laws and regulations in pressuring small businesses to enhance sustainability practices. The research contributes by unearthing the extent to which coercive pressures impact the behaviour and practices of SMEs in sustainability practices. The study indicates that eventually small firms are expected to behave the same when it comes to adopting sustainability practices due to coercive isomorphism. The findings of this study further contribute toward understanding the concept of sustainable development in practice and theory. Keywords: coercive isomorphism; sustainable development; structural equation modelling; SMEs; South Africa en_US
dc.format.extent 14 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sustainability Journal en_US
dc.relation.requires PDF en_US
dc.subject Coercive isomorphism en_US
dc.subject Sustainable development en_US
dc.subject Structural equation modelling en_US
dc.subject SMEs en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Curry-Howard isomorphism en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Isomorphism (Crystallography) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sustainable development en_US
dc.title The impact of coercive pressures on sustainability practices of small business in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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