Beliefs About Social Responsibility at Work: Comparisons between Managers and Non‐Managers Over Time and Cross‐Nationally

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Roni Factor

University of Haifa; Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law

Amalya Lumerman Oliver

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Kathleen Montgomery

University of California

Date Written: April 2013

Abstract

We examine the link between the growing emphasis on corporate social responsibility at the organizational level and beliefs about social responsibility at work (SRW) expressed by individuals. Drawing from theories of professionalism and diffusion of innovations (including practices and beliefs), we advance hypotheses about beliefs of managers and non‐managers in 11 countries at two time periods, and use a unique international data set to test our hypotheses. Our general prediction that managers would score higher than non‐managers on a measure of SRW was not supported. However, further analysis revealed a more complex relationship moderated by the contextual factors of time frame and country inequality level. We discuss implications and extensions for future research.

Suggested Citation

Factor, Roni and Oliver, Amalya Lumerman and Montgomery, Kathleen, Beliefs About Social Responsibility at Work: Comparisons between Managers and Non‐Managers Over Time and Cross‐Nationally (April 2013). Business Ethics: A European Review, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 143-158, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2235438 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/beer.12015

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University of Haifa

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Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law

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Amalya Lumerman Oliver

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Sociology and Anthropology ( email )

Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, 91905
Israel

Kathleen Montgomery

University of California ( email )

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Riverside, CA 92521
United States

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