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Baltic Journal of Management

ISSN: 1746-5265

Online from: 2006

Subject Area: Regional Management Studies

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The contribution of corporate social responsibility to internal employee motivation

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Title:The contribution of corporate social responsibility to internal employee motivation
Author(s):Vida Skudiene, (ISM University of Management and Economics, Kaunas, Lithuania), Vilte Auruskeviciene, (ISM University of Management and Economics, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Citation:Vida Skudiene, Vilte Auruskeviciene, (2012) "The contribution of corporate social responsibility to internal employee motivation", Baltic Journal of Management, Vol. 7 Iss: 1, pp.49 - 67
Keywords:Corporate governance, Employees behaviour, External corporate social responsibility, Internal corporate social responsibility, Internal employee motivation, Lithuania, Motivation (psychology), Social responsibility
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/17465261211197421 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on internal employee motivation.

Design/methodology/approach – A survey was conducted among 274 employees from medium and large enterprises engaged in CSR activities in Lithuania. The research hypotheses were tested using correlation and regression analysis using factor scores from a principal component factor analysis.

Findings – The findings suggest that internal and external CSR activities positively correlate with internal employee motivation. Internal CSR was found to be stronger related to internal employee motivation than all the external CSR dimensions. Regarding the external CSR, customer-related activities indicated stronger correlation with internal employee motivation than local communities and business partners related CSR activities. The weakest relation was found between internal employee motivation and business partners related CSR activities.

Research limitations/implications – This study is limited to one country under investigation, therefore further research needs to be extended to other countries. The survey is conducted in the period of economical recession. In order to assess the generality of the findings, it is suggested to repeat the research in a stable economy situation.

Practical implications – Executives could use the results of the research to resolve practical dilemmas by giving priority to the areas of CSR which facilitate employee internal motivation enhancement.

Originality/value – By revealing the importance of CSR activities to employee internal motivation enhancement, this study contributes to the CSR investigation arena.

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