Employee social responsibility
: development of an ESR measure and a multi-level investigation of antecedent and boundary conditions

  • Nishat Babu

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The following thesis instigates the discussion on corporate social responsibility (CSR) through a review of literature on the conceptualisation, determinants, and remunerations of organisational CSR engagement. The case is made for the need to draw attention to the micro-levels of CSR, and consequently focus on employee social responsibility at multiple levels of analysis. In order to further research efforts in this area, the prerequisite of an employee social responsibility behavioural measurement tool is acknowledged. Accordingly, the subsequent chapters outline the process of scale development and validation, resulting in a robust, reliable and valid employee social responsibility scale. This scale is then put to use in a field study, and the noteworthy roles of the antecedent and boundary conditions of transformational leadership, assigned CSR priority, and CSR climate are confirmed at the group and individual level. Directionality of these relationships is subsequently alluded to in a time-lagged investigation, set within a simulated business environment. The thesis collates and discusses the contributions of the findings from the research series, which highlight a consistent three-way interaction effect of transformational leadership, assigned CSR priority and CSR climate. Specifically, efforts are made to outline various avenues for future research, given the infancy of the micro-level study of employee social responsibility.
Date of Award4 Mar 2016
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorGeoffrey M Thomas (Supervisor) & Yves R Guillaume (Supervisor)


  • corporate social responsibility
  • micro-level
  • transformational leadership
  • assigned priority
  • CSR climate

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