Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 105, Issue 1, pp 83-93

First online:

Modeling the Relationship Among Perceived Corporate Citizenship, Firms’ Attractiveness, and Career Success Expectation

  • Chieh-Peng LinAffiliated withInstitute of Business & Management, National Chiao Tung University
  • , Yuan-Hui TsaiAffiliated withDepartment of Finance, Chihlee Institute of Technology
  • , Sheng-Wuu JoeAffiliated withDepartment of Business Administration, Vanung University
  • , Chou-Kang ChiuAffiliated withGraduate Institute of Business Administration, National Taichung University of Education Email author 

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


Drawing on propositions from the signaling theory and expectancy theory, this study hypothesizes that the perceived corporate citizenship of job seekers positively affects a firm’s attractiveness and career success expectation. This study’s proposed research hypotheses are empirically tested using a survey of graduating MBA students seeking a job. The empirical findings show that a firm’s corporate citizenship provides a competitive advantage in attracting job seekers and fostering optimistic career success expectation. Such findings substantially complement the growing literature arguing that corporate citizenship brings firms competitive advantages without solid evidence from the perspective of recruitment and human resources. Finally, managerial implications and limitations of this study are also discussed.


Corporate citizenship Organizational attractiveness Career expectation Ethical citizenship Discretionary citizenship