How the Employees’ Perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility Make Them Happier and Psychologically Stronger

14 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2015 Last revised: 26 Dec 2015

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Susana Leal

Instituto Politécnico de Santarém and CIEQV

Arménio Rego

Universidade de Aveiro (GOVCOPP) and Instituto Universitário de Lisboa - Portugal and Business Research Unit (UNIDE-ISCTE, IUL)

Miguel Cunha

Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Nova School of Business and Economics

Date Written: September 30, 2015

Abstract

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been studied primarily at the macro level, with few studies taking into account the individual level. Furthermore, there are calls for more investigation on the antecedents of employees’ psychological capital (PsyCap). This study bolsters both areas. The paper shows how the employees’ perceptions of CSR predict their PsyCap both directly and through the mediating roles of positive affect and the sense of meaningful work. Two hundred and seventy-nine employees participate. The study uses structural equation modeling to test the hypothesized model. The findings suggest that both positive affect and the sense of meaningful work partially mediate the relationship between the perceptions of CSR and PsyCap. The study helps to understand the underlying mechanisms linking CSR with outcomes at the individual level. Studying CSR at the individual level is valuable for both academic and practical reasons.

Keywords: perceptions of corporate social responsibility; positive affect; psychological capital; sense of meaningful work

Suggested Citation

Leal, Susana and Rego, Arménio and Cunha, Miguel, How the Employees’ Perceptions of Corporate Social Responsibility Make Them Happier and Psychologically Stronger (September 30, 2015). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 08, No. 09, pp. 113-126, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2695583

Susana Leal (Contact Author)

Instituto Politécnico de Santarém and CIEQV ( email )

Complexo Andaluz
Apartado 279
Santarém, 2001-904
Portugal

Arménio Rego

Universidade de Aveiro (GOVCOPP) and Instituto Universitário de Lisboa - Portugal and Business Research Unit (UNIDE-ISCTE, IUL) ( email )

Campus de Santiago
Aveiro, 3810-193
Portugal

Miguel Cunha

Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Nova School of Business and Economics ( email )

Lisbon, 1099-085
Portugal

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