Echoes of Corporate Social Responsibility: How and When Does CSR Influence Employees’ Promotive and Prohibitive Voices?

  • Juan WangEmail author
  • Zhe Zhang
  • Ming Jia
Original Paper


In this study, we examine whether, how, and when corporate social responsibility (CSR) increases promotive and prohibitive voices in accordance with ethical climate theory and multi-experience model of ethical climate. Data from 382 employees at two time points are examined. Results show that CSR is positively related to promotive and prohibitive voices. Other-focused and self-focused climates mediate the relationship between CSR and the two types of voice (promotive and prohibitive voice). Moreover, humble leadership moderates the positive relationship between CSR and other-focused climate. Such leadership moderates the negative relationship between CSR and self-focused climate. Humble leadership also moderates the indirect effect between CSR and the two kinds of voice through other-focused and self-focused climates. The findings of this study provide important insights into how and when CSR influences employee voice.


Corporate social responsibility Humble leadership Other-focused climate Self-focused climate Promotive voice Prohibitive voice 



We appreciate the supports from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No.71672139) and the Humanities and Social Science Talent Plan of Shaanxi Province.

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Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors. All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.School of ManagementNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina

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