The psychological microfoundations of corporate social responsibility:a person-centric systematic review


This article aims to consolidate the psychological microfoundations of corporate social responsibility (CSR) by taking stock and evaluating the recent surge of person-focused CSR research. With a systematic review, the authors identify, synthesize, and organize three streams of micro-CSR studies—focused on (i) individual drivers of CSR engagement, (ii) individual processes of CSR evaluations, and (iii) individual reactions to CSR initiatives—into a coherent behavioral framework. This review highlights significant gaps, methodological issues, and imbalances in the treatment of the three components in prior micro-CSR research. It uncovers the need to conceptualize how multiple drivers of CSR interact and how the plurality of mechanisms and boundary conditions that can explain individual reactions to CSR might be integrated theoretically. By organizing micro-CSR studies into a coherent framework, this review also reveals the lack of connections within and between substreams of micro-CSR research; to tackle them, this article proposes an agenda for further research, focused on six key challenges.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gond, J. P., El Akremi, A., Swaen, V., & Babu, N. (2017). The psychological microfoundations of corporate social responsibility: a person-centric systematic review. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38(2), 225-246, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporate social responsibility,drivers,evaluations,microfoundations,reactions,Applied Psychology,Sociology and Political Science,Psychology(all),Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Publication ISSN: 1099-1379
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017-02
Published Online Date: 2017-01-10
Accepted Date: 2016-11-28
Submitted Date: 2013-01-15
Authors: Gond, Jean Pascal
El Akremi, Assâad
Swaen, Valérie
Babu, Nishat (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3301-9472)



Version: Accepted Version

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