Corporate social responsibility, employee organizational identification, and creative effort : the moderating impact of corporate ability

Brammer, Stephen and He, Hongwei and Mellahi, Kamel (2015) Corporate social responsibility, employee organizational identification, and creative effort : the moderating impact of corporate ability. Group and Organization Management, 40 (3). pp. 323-352. ISSN 1059-6011

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    Abstract

    A growing body of research examines whether and how corporate social responsibility (CSR) leads to positive employee attitudes and work behaviors. While previous research suggests that CSR improves employee loyalty, motivation, satisfaction and commitment, little research examines how CSR affects employee creativity. In addition, considerable skepticism remains regarding the significance of CSR in relation to employee attitudes and behaviors and of the potential contingencies that intervene in these relationships. In this study, we argue that the impact of CSR on employee creativity is contingent upon a focal firm’s corporate ability (CA), i.e., its expertise in producing and delivering its products/services. Specifically, we argue that corporate ability not only influences employee organizational identification, hence employee creativity, but also affects how employees react to CSR. We test our arguments within a sample of professional workers in the telecommunication sector in Spain and find strong support for the proposed model.