Purpose: This study aims to examine the effects of internal corporate social responsibility (CSR) on the two types of communicative behaviors of employees, namely, scouting and advocative behaviors. Guided by social exchange theory, the study also explored the mediating role of social exchange relationships between an organization and its employees and employee engagement. Design/methodology/approach: An online survey was conducted with 405 full-time employees in the USA across industry sectors. Findings: Results show the following: internal CSR practices, including employment stability, working environment, skill development, workforce diversity and work–life balance, improve social exchange relationships and employee engagement; social exchange relationship mediates the positive association between internal CSR and engagement and advocative behavior; and employee engagement also mediates the association between internal CSR and the scouting and advocative behaviors of employees. Originality/value: This study is among the first attempts to explore the effectiveness of organizations’ internal corporate social responsibility practices on employees’ informal communicative behaviors, information seeking and transmitting within and outside of their organization.
- Employee behaviors
- Employee engagement
- Internal CSR
- Social exchange
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business, Management and Accounting(all)
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)