Help yourself before helping others: When corporate social responsibility does not make a company more attractive to job seekers Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractThis paper explores the conditions under which job seekers may not respond positively to a potential employer's corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. We propose that the relationship between an organization's externallydirected CSR activities and job seekers perceptions of the organization's attractiveness is moderated by whether the organization is also engaging in internallydirected highinvestment human resource systems (HIHRS). Results from a combination of three studiesan archival study of Fortune 500 companies (Study 1), a survey study (Study 2), and an experiment (Study 3)provide support for our hypotheses. When an organization has lower levels of internallydirected HIHRS, the positive influence of externallydirected CSR on attraction to an organization diminishes (Study 3) or disappears (Studies 1 and 2). Importantly, we identify perceptions of organizational authenticity as one key mechanism driving these effects (Studies 2 and 3).

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  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Ong, M., Kim, Y. H., & Koopman, J.

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  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Ong, Madeline||Kim, Yong H||Koopman, Joel

publication date

  • 2023