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Can a socially responsible casino better retain its management staff? From an internal customer perspective

Matthew Liu (Department of Marketing, University of Macau, Macau)
IpKin Anthony Wong (College of Tourism, Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau)
Rongwei Chu (Department of Marketing, Fudan University, Shanghai, China)
Guicheng James Shi (Department of Marketing, Macau University of Science & Technology, Macau)
James L. Brock (School of Business, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, USA)
Ting-Hsiang Tseng (Department of International Trade, FengChia University, Seatwen, Taiwan)

Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics

ISSN: 1355-5855

Article publication date: 2 September 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how perceived corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives influence internal customers’ preference and turnover intention. The mediating effect of brand preference on the relationship between CSR initiatives and turnover intention has also been studied.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey was conducted and questionnaires were distributed to a sample in Macau in 2012. Out of these, 138 valid samples were collected among casinos’ mid- and senior-level employees having managerial positions (hereafter “managers”). Regression tests were performed in order to validate the hypotheses.

Findings

Managers’ preference for the casino brand of their employer can be enhanced by perceptions associated with CSR initiatives. Two CSR initiatives (CSR to stakeholders and to society) significantly decrease managers’ turnover intentions, with the impact of CSR directed at stakeholders exerting a stronger influence. Brand preference is a significant mediator of perceptions associated with CSR initiatives and turnover intention.

Originality/value

The current study tries to not only investigate how perceptions associated with CSR initiatives influence an internal customer's turnover intention but is also aimed at understanding how brand preference as a mediator influences turnover intention. Extending the realm of study is important because multiple theories predict different benefits, and assessing the value of CSR therefore requires multiple approaches.

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Citation

Liu, M., Anthony Wong, I., Chu, R., James Shi, G., L. Brock, J. and Tseng, T.-H. (2014), "Can a socially responsible casino better retain its management staff? From an internal customer perspective", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 26 No. 4, pp. 520-539. https://doi.org/10.1108/APJML-08-2013-0093

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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