Employee Volunteering and Social Capital: Contributions to Corporate Social Responsibility

15 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2009

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Judy N. Muthuri

International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR)

Dirk Matten

University of London - Royal Holloway College

Jeremy Moon

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

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Abstract

As employee volunteering (EV) is increasingly regarded as a means of improving companies' community and employee relations, we investigate the contribution of EV to corporate social responsibility, specifically whether and how it contributes to social capital. We investigate the dynamics of EV in three UK companies. We explore the social relations and resources which underpin social capital creation; the roles of opportunity, motivation and ability in bringing the actors together and enhancing their capacity for cooperation; and the ways in which alternative EV modes inform the different dimensions of social capital networks, trust and norms of cooperation. Our paper contributes to our understanding of EV and the factors that enable it to create social capital. Finally we assess the contribution of EV to the overall corporate social responsibility agenda of companies.

Suggested Citation

Muthuri, Judy N. and Matten, Dirk and Moon, Jeremy, Employee Volunteering and Social Capital: Contributions to Corporate Social Responsibility. British Journal of Management, Vol. 20, Issue 1, pp. 75-89, March 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1335569 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8551.2007.00551.x

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Jeremy Moon

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