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Making sense of corporate social responsibility and work


Seivwright, AN and Unsworth, KL, Making sense of corporate social responsibility and work, Frontiers in Psychology, 7 Article 443. ISSN 1664-1078 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00443


Employees can be a driving force behind organizational corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, yet the vast majority of literature has focused on firm-level understanding and implementation of CSR. Recent literature that explores the relationship between employees and CSR has not investigated how employees conceive of their role in CSR. We propose that in order to understand the factors that affect employee engagement in CSR, we must first understand how employees conceptualize the phenomenon of CSR and how that conceptualisation fits into their work. Our exploratory, inductive study interviews two cohorts of employees, one in a not for profit and the other in a corporate organization, revealing stark contrasts in how the different cohorts conceptualize and engage in CSR, particularly with regards to how CSR contributes to meaningfulness at work. Implications for organizations are discussed.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:employee corporate social responsibility, corporate social responsibility, organisational behaviour
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Corporate social responsibility
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Seivwright, AN (Dr Ami Seivwright)
ID Code:147766
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:CALE Research Institute
Deposited On:2021-11-15
Last Modified:2021-12-22
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