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Exploring the impact of being perceived as a socially responsible organization on employee creativity

Moustafa Abdelmotaleb (Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Commerce, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt)
Abdelmoneim Bahy Eldin Mohamed Metwally (Accounting Department, Faculty of Commerce, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt)
Sudhir K. Saha (Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John’s, Canada)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 29 May 2018

Issue publication date: 23 October 2018




The purpose of this paper is to provide insight into the emotional or affective mechanisms that underlie the relationship between employees’ perceptions of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee attitudes and behaviors. Drawing on affective events theory (AET), this study examines a sequential mediation model in which CSR perceptions influence positive affect (PA) at work which leads to employee engagement in the creative process that, in turn, affects employee creative behaviors.


Two-wave data were collected from a sample of employees working in the telecommunication sector in Egypt (N=208). The collected data were analyzed using structural equation modeling.


The study found a positive association between CSR perceptions and employee creative behaviors. The results also showed that CSR perceptions have induced PA, which, in turn, led to greater level of engagement in the creative process and eventually led employees to exhibit creative behaviors.


This is one of the first studies to use AET as a conceptual framework to explain the positive association between CSR and employee positive work outcomes (i.e. creativity). By integrating AET with CSR and employee outcomes literatures, this study contributes to the available knowledge regarding the affective or emotional mechanisms through which CSR perceptions could affect employee work behaviors.



Abdelmotaleb, M., Mohamed Metwally, A.B.E. and Saha, S.K. (2018), "Exploring the impact of being perceived as a socially responsible organization on employee creativity", Management Decision, Vol. 56 No. 11, pp. 2325-2340.



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