Employees’ prosocial behavioral intentions through empowerment in CSR decision-making

Weiting Tao, Baobao Song, Mary Ann Ferguson, Sarab Kochhar

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This study theorizes and empirically tests a conceptual framework to understand how a company can better motivate its employees to carry out persistent prosocial behavior and develop positive organization-employee relationships through corporate social responsibility (CSR) involvement. A managerial approach, employee participative decision making in CSR, is examined for its impact on the prosocial behavioral outcome among employees and the relational outcome for the organization. Furthermore, a psychological mechanism that emphasizes employees’ perceived need satisfaction is examined as the underlying explanation that drives the effectiveness of the managerial approach. The study results support that empowering employees to co-construct CSR decisions with top management is effective in satisfying employees’ basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. This in turn increases the employees’ intention to maintain long-lasting involvement in CSR and improves their relationships with the company. This study provides important implications for public relations professionals and organizational leaders on how to improve their internal CSR communication and involvement practice and cultivate desirable organization-employee relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-680
Number of pages14
JournalPublic Relations Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2018


  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Employee involvement
  • Organization-employee relationships
  • Participative decision making
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Self-determination theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Marketing


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