Corporate social responsibility, customer loyalty and brand positioning

Morteza Akbari (Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Maryam Mehrali (University of Kashan, Kashan, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Nader SeyyedAmiri (University of Tehran, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Niloofar Rezaei (University of Tehran, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Afsaneh Pourjam (University of Science and Culture, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)

Social Responsibility Journal

ISSN: 1747-1117

Publication date: 24 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

In the current era, businesses and customers are becoming increasingly concerned with social and environmental issues, and unlike the past, the main focus is not merely on economic growth. As new customers are getting more informed and responsible toward their surroundings, it is necessary for enterprises to act responsibly to attract responsible customers. Therefore, this paper aims to investigate the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on brand positioning and customer loyalty in travel agencies in Tehran, Iran.

Design/methodology/approach

Through quota sampling, 86 agencies are selected and a number of 200 customers of those travel agencies are surveyed by means of purposive sampling.

Findings

The result reveals that CSR has a significant effect on loyalty of customers and brand positioning. In addition, the results indicate that all hypotheses have significant effects except for the C-C identification on customer loyalty.

Practical implications

Tourism managers should bear in mind that performing CSR activities is not merely a cost burden but a viable strategy for creating competitive advantage. They should adapt their CSR activities to the industry environment.

Originality/value

The study provides important evidence about CSR and their role in brand positioning and customer loyalty in tourism industry. In addition, the study contributes to the literature by developing the link between CSR and brand positioning.

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Citation

Akbari, M., Mehrali, M., SeyyedAmiri, N., Rezaei, N. and Pourjam, A. (2019), "Corporate social responsibility, customer loyalty and brand positioning", Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/SRJ-01-2019-0008

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