Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 119-128

First online:

An Exploratory Study of the Impact of Degree of Religiousness Upon an Individual's Corporate Social Responsiveness Orientation

  • John AngelidisAffiliated withDepartment of Management, St. John's University
  • , Nabil IbrahimAffiliated withGrover Maxwell Professor of Business Administration, College of Business Administration, Augusta State University

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The recent failures and scandals involving many large businesses have highlighted the importance of corporate social responsibility as a fundamental factor in the soundness of the free market system. The corporate social responsiveness orientation of business executives plays an important role in corporate decision making since managers make important decisions on behalf of their corporations. This paper explores whether there is a relationship between an individual's degree of religiousness and his or her corporate social responsiveness (CSR) orientation. The results of a survey of 473 business students found a significant relationship between degree of religiousness and attitudes toward the economic and ethical components of CSR. Some explanations as well as limited generalizations and implications are developed.

Religiousness social responsibility ethics students business education