Sales-Force Reactions to Corporate Social Responsibility: Attributions, Outcomes, and the Mediating Role of Organizational Trust
Industrial Marketing Management, Vol. 39, No. 7, pp.1207-1218
52 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2008 Last revised: 4 Aug 2011
Date Written: November 11, 2008
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is gaining momentum among researchers and practitioners. In spite of this extensive interest, systematic research regarding the effects of CSR on other stakeholder groups, besides consumers, remains sparse. Based on a field study in a global Fortune 500 consumer packaged goods company, we examine sales force attitudinal and behavioral outcomes of company’s partnership with a United Nations (UN) philanthropic organization. Specifically, we seek to examine whether sales force perceptions of CSR motives influence their evaluation of CSR actions. Findings indicate that egoistic-driven motives negatively influence salesperson trust in the company, whereas stakeholder-, and values-driven motives positively influence salesperson trust; however, strategic-driven attributions do not have an influence on salesperson trust. The results further reveal the mediating role of trust in the relationship between sales force attributions and outcomes including loyalty intentions and positive word-of-mouth.
Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, sales force, attributions, organizational trust, behavioral intentions
JEL Classification: M31
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