Examining the Internal Aspect of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Leader Behavior and Employee CSR Participation

Regina Y R CHEN, Flora C J HUNG-BAESECKE

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Abstract

CSR research predominantly focuses on external pressure, strategic practices, and outcomes, and neglects investigation of CSR as a dynamic internal process relying on employee involvement in its development and implementation. This study examined how corporate leaders increase employee participation in CSR activities via behavior (performance and communication) by testing a structural equation model guided by social learning theory. By online surveying 462 employees of a multinational chemical company, three management behavioral attributes were found to directly and indirectly affect employee CSR participation: role-modeling (leading by example), advocacy, and facilitation. The findings also suggest the success of a simultaneous application of multiple leadership styles in generating employee participation. Implications are discussed to address criticisms of CSR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-220
Number of pages11
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • CSR
  • Employee Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Social Learning Theory

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