The Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility on Employees Affective Commitment: A Cross-Cultural Investigation

In the article “The Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility on Employees’ Affective Commitment: A Cross-Cultural Investigation,” Karsten Mueller and colleagues explore the effects of the major cultural value dimensions in the context of Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness in order to better understand the relationship between the perceptions of employees of social corporate responsibility and their affective commitment at all organizational levels. This particular research is of great importance as it provides much information on the role of social corporate responsibility and its relation to employees’ commitment. Actually, the issue of employee commitment involves a variety of factors, such as employees’ justice perceptions, valuable organizational support and the proper work climate. Corporate social responsibility plays emphasis on the role organizational actions that have an enormous impact on employee commitment.  At the same time, corporate social responsibility is focused on the established organizational values, including moral integrity, consideration, courtesy and other values which foster the overall employee commitment. In addition, the researchers pay due attention to the role of cultural influences in multicultural work environment to better understand how knowledge about cultural universals may affect human behavior in the workplace.

Hence, the researchers have selected the participants with different cultural backgrounds. They invited the members of a leading multinational IT organization, the subsidiaries of which could be found in practically all parts of the world. 1,084 employees from 17 countries participated in the study. The researchers used an organization-wide attitude survey method to collect data. The researchers controlled employee job satisfaction, gender, unemployment rates, as well as scale reliabilities at each country levels and country sample sizes. The researchers applied hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) to their analysis, and used specialized procedures for analysis in the software package Stata 12.

It has been found that perceived corporate social responsibility has a positive impact on affective commitment of employees, at all organizational levels. Although the issue about the relation of social corporate responsibility to different stakeholder groups has not been widely discussed in previous research, in this study, Karsten Mueller and colleagues effectively explore, analyze and discuss the influence of employees’ perceptions of corporate social responsibility on their affective commitment, as well as the significant role of culture that acts as the so-called moderator in this relationship. In addition, it has been found that the employees’ perceptions of corporate social responsibility have more positive relation to employees’ affective commitment in the cultures that are higher in the following aspects: humane orientation, institutional and in-group collectivism, and future orientation, while in the cultures that are lower in power distance.

Thus, the study is effective as it clearly indicates that corporate social responsibility is one of the most important variables pertaining affective commitment of employees at all organizational levels. Moreover, the study proves the fact that culture acts as an effective moderator in this relationship. Besides, the researchers suggest that the employees’ perceptions of corporate social responsibility may have different effects on their affective commitment because of different cultural values found in multinational work environment. At the same time, the researchers state that their study may help organizations to better understand the importance of strategies to improve their social performance, regarding both internal and external stakeholders.

 

References

Mueller, K., Spiess, S., Hattrup, K., Lin-Hi, N. (2012). “The Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility on Employees’ Affective Commitment: A Cross-Cultural Investigation.” Journal of Applied Psychology, 97 (6): 1186–1200.

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