Asian Business & Management

, Volume 16, Issue 4–5, pp 253–271 | Cite as

Overcoming country-of-origin image constraints on hiring: the moderating role of CSR

Research Article


Unfavorable home country images pose challenges in attracting talent abroad for emerging-market multinational enterprises (EMNEs). Drawing on signaling theory, this study suggests CSR activities may be a strategic way for EMNEs to overcome this issue. An experiment involving 189 Korean job-seekers showed that while they are more likely to pursue jobs with US than with Chinese firms, positive CSR activities have a demonstrably stronger impact on application intentions toward Chinese firms compared to US firms. CSR may thus be instrumental in helping EMNEs secure access to human resources abroad.


Country-of-origin image Country of origin Applicant attraction CSR Emerging market multinational enterprises Signaling theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Hispanic StudiesKorea UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Korea University Business SchoolSeoulSouth Korea

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