Examining the determinants of consumer support for corporate social advocacy

Joon Kyoung Kim, Holly Overton, Khalid Alharbi, Jackson Carter, Nandini Bhalla

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Purpose: Using the theory of planned behavior (TPB) as a theoretical framework, this study investigates individual level psychological determinants of individuals word-of-mouth (WOM) intentions as a way to support corporate social advocacy (CSA). Design/methodology/approach: An online survey (N = 505) using a Qualtrics panel was conducted. Findings: Individuals' attitudes towards WOM, subjective norms, and self-efficacy was positively associated with their positive WOM intention, whereas perceived controllability over WOM behaviors was not associated with WOM intention. Age was negatively associated with WOM intention. Originality/value: This study is one of the early attempts to test individual level factors in shaping individuals' WOM intention in response to CSA. This study also employed recent TPB argument and tested the role of self-efficacy and perceived controllability on behavioral intentions in the context of corporate communication. The findings of this study offer theoretical and practical insights to corporations when developing CSA campaigns and designing CSA messages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCorporate Communications
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial relations
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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