Beliefs about social responsibility at work: Comparisons between managers and non-managers over time and cross-nationally

Roni Factor, Amalya L. Oliver, Kathleen Montgomery

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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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)143-158
Number of pages16
JournalBusiness Ethics
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

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