Determinants and consequences of employee attributions of corporate social responsibility as substantive or symbolic

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    • Affiliation:
      a University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management, 55 Laurier Avenue East, DMS 5150, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5, Canada
      b Carleton University, Sprott School of Business, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6, Canada
    • Keywords:
      Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
      Attributions of CSR
      Substantive CSR
      Symbolic CSR
      Employee attitudes
      Employee behaviors
    • Abstract:
      Interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR) has grown beyond traditional macro-level research to also consider employee-level outcomes of CSR. This nascent stream has focused on the relationship between organizational CSR initiatives and employee outcomes within the organization. Distinguishing between substantive and symbolic CSR (i.e. genuine CSR vs. greenwashing), we argue that to understand employee outcomes requires identifying their underlying attributions of their organizations’ CSR initiatives and the process by which these differential attributions are formed. Integrating theorizing and findings from the organizational behavior, marketing, and strategy literature, we propose a model of employee attribution formation of organizational CSR initiatives as substantive versus symbolic to differentiate the positive outcomes to organizations when causally evaluated as engaging in substantive CSR, from the null or possibly negative employee outcomes when these initiatives are attributed as symbolic. Implications for practice and applications to management are also discussed.
    • ISSN:
      0263-2373
    • Accession Number:
      10.1016/j.emj.2016.02.004
    • Accession Number:
      S026323731630010X
    • Copyright:
      Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      DONIA, M. B. L.; TETRAULT SIRSLY, C.-A. Determinants and consequences of employee attributions of corporate social responsibility as substantive or symbolic. European Management Journal, [s. l.], v. 34, n. 3, p. 232–242, 2016. DOI 10.1016/j.emj.2016.02.004. Disponível em: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edselp&AN=S026323731630010X&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912. Acesso em: 28 maio. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Donia MBL, Tetrault Sirsly C-A. Determinants and consequences of employee attributions of corporate social responsibility as substantive or symbolic. European Management Journal. 2016;34(3):232-242. doi:10.1016/j.emj.2016.02.004.
    • APA:
      Donia, M. B. L., & Tetrault Sirsly, C.-A. (2016). Determinants and consequences of employee attributions of corporate social responsibility as substantive or symbolic. European Management Journal, 34(3), 232–242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2016.02.004
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Donia, Magda B.L., and Carol-Ann Tetrault Sirsly. 2016. “Determinants and Consequences of Employee Attributions of Corporate Social Responsibility as Substantive or Symbolic.” European Management Journal 34 (3): 232–42. doi:10.1016/j.emj.2016.02.004.
    • Harvard:
      Donia, M. B. L. and Tetrault Sirsly, C.-A. (2016) ‘Determinants and consequences of employee attributions of corporate social responsibility as substantive or symbolic’, European Management Journal, 34(3), pp. 232–242. doi: 10.1016/j.emj.2016.02.004.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Donia, MBL & Tetrault Sirsly, C-A 2016, ‘Determinants and consequences of employee attributions of corporate social responsibility as substantive or symbolic’, European Management Journal, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 232–242, viewed 28 May 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Donia, Magda B. L., and Carol-Ann Tetrault Sirsly. “Determinants and Consequences of Employee Attributions of Corporate Social Responsibility as Substantive or Symbolic.” European Management Journal, vol. 34, no. 3, June 2016, pp. 232–242. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.emj.2016.02.004.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Donia, Magda B.L., and Carol-Ann Tetrault Sirsly. “Determinants and Consequences of Employee Attributions of Corporate Social Responsibility as Substantive or Symbolic.” European Management Journal 34, no. 3 (June 1, 2016): 232–42. doi:10.1016/j.emj.2016.02.004.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Donia MBL, Tetrault Sirsly C-A. Determinants and consequences of employee attributions of corporate social responsibility as substantive or symbolic. European Management Journal [Internet]. 2016 Jun 1 [cited 2020 May 28];34(3):232–42. Available from: http://widgets.ebscohost.com/prod/customlink/proxify/proxify.php?count=1&encode=0&proxy=&find_1=&replace_1=&target=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edselp&AN=S026323731630010X&authtype=sso&custid=s5834912