Commitment to sustainable development: Exploring the factors affecting employee attitudes towards corporate social responsibility-oriented management

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Employee contributions are indispensable to the success of corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices; however, surprisingly little research has focused on how positive attitudes toward CSR-oriented management can be facilitated among employees. Applying a relational demography approach and related theories, this study examines employees' emotional identification and behavioral engagement with CSR-oriented mission activities. Data from a Fortune Global 500 company in Japan show the direct effect of position and the asymmetric effects of position dissimilarity. Lower-positioned employees tend to report enhanced positive attitudes toward CSR-oriented mission activities when working with a greater number of higher-positioned colleagues. Furthermore, perceived mission-based support mediates the effect of the interaction between position dissimilarity and position on employees' attitudes toward CSR-oriented activities. On the basis of these findings, it is argued that companies should recognize the importance of managerial members as role models and provide employees with sufficient support to facilitate positive attitudes toward CSR practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1284-1292
Number of pages9
JournalCorporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
Volume25
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • behavioural engagement
  • CSR-oriented management
  • emotional identification
  • perceived mission-based support
  • position and position dissimilarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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