Journal of Business Ethics 130 (2):271-289 (2015)

J. H. Lee
University of California, Berkeley
Managers in ethnic businesses are confronted with ethical dilemmas when taking action based on ethnic ties; and often as a result, they increase the already vulnerable positions of these businesses and their stakeholders. Many of these dilemmas concern the capital that is generated through variations in the use of ethnic stakeholder social ties. The purpose of this paper is to suggest a stakeholder-based model of social capital formation, mediated by various forms of ethnic ties, to explore the duality of ethnicity: it can aid and hinder an ethnic business. Drawing upon the social capital/economic development, stakeholder salience, ethnic businesses literatures, and on social identity theory, we develop a cyclical model of relationships among ethnic business stakeholder attributes and social capital, as mediated by three-way Simmelian bonding and bridging ties, which then, in turn, affects the ethnic stakeholder attributes. We argue that the development of bridging yet strong ties through this cyclical process is relevant for the improvement of the positions of ethnic businesses in terms of both economic success and social responsibility. Specifically, we suggest that, given the duality of ethnicity in business, managers can prioritize stakeholder relationships based upon how these stakeholder ties affect social capital.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10551-014-2207-7
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,410
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Road to Serfdom.Friedrich A. Hayek - 1945 - Ethics 55 (3):224-226.

View all 80 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

A Map Leading to Less Waste: Stakeholder Salience and Plastic Waste.David Saiia & Vananh Le - 2009 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 20:302-313.
Stakeholder Salience, Shifting Networks and Sustainability.David Saiia - 2005 - Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 16:342-346.
Stakeholder Social Capital: A New Approach to Stakeholder Theory.Elisabet Garriga Cots - 2011 - Business Ethics, the Environment and Responsibility 20 (4):328-341.


Added to PP index

Total views
22 ( #515,777 of 2,519,817 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #406,012 of 2,519,817 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes