Corporate message strategies for global CSR campaigns: The mediating role of perceived altruism

Hyejoon Rim, Doori Song

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine multinational corporations’ (MNCs) response strategy in social media to effectively communicate their international CSR practices. Design/methodology/approach: An experiment was conducted by adopting a case of an MNC’s globalized CSR campaign in United Arab Emirates. The interaction effects of corporate communication strategy and company’s response sidedness were examined as well as a mediating role of the perceived altruism. Findings: The current study suggests how two-sided response strategy can be applied and benefits MNCs’ international CSR campaigns. The findings demonstrate that a company’s two-sided response helps to increase people’s attitude toward the company and word-of-mouth intention through enhanced perceived altruism when the company has no prior CSR experience in a host country. Practical implications: The current study provides insights on how to respond to negative publicity in social media. MNCs are suggested to use different response strategies based on their prior CSR experience in a host country. Originality/value: The success of CSR depends on how consumers take the message and perceive a company’s motive of CSR. The current study examines how to best respond to the consumers’ criticism by utilizing message sidedness strategies depending on the company’s presence of CSR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-400
Number of pages18
JournalCorporate Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017

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  • Altruism
  • Consumer criticism
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Global campaign
  • Message sidedness
  • Multinational companies


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