Motivations for supporting corporate social advocacy: applying the SIMCA model

Purpose: This study examines why publics support corporate social advocacy (CSA) by looking at their support as a form of collective action that is motivated by individuals' shared group efficacy, anger and politicized identity by applying the Social Identity Model of Collective Action (SIMCA). Design/methodology/approach: This study adopted an online survey (N = 273), sampling US adults who supported a company's CSA effort. Findings: The survey found that shared group efficacy with the company led to higher intention to participate in CSA, engaging in positive word of mouth (PWOM) and providing financial support for the CSA cause. Individuals' identification with the company and the CSA cause also predicted intention to support CSA and PWOM. Sharing CSA cause-related anger with the company negatively predicted PWOM. Originality/value: This study is original as it investigated why and how people support for a company's CSA initiative by applying the SIMCA model. It extends the applicability of the SIMCA model to explain support for CSA. Moreover, this study enriches our theoretical understanding of CSA as it provides implications for why publics support CSA and how corporations can play a central role in gaining publics' support while taking stances on controversial issues.

The version of record is available at https://doi.org/10.1108/JCOM-08-2021-0093. The full citation is as follows: [Motivations for supporting corporate social advocacy: applying the SIMCA model. Journal of Communication Management 26, 4 p373-385 (2022)]. 'This author accepted manuscript is deposited under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC) licence. This means that anyone may distribute, adapt, and build upon the work for non-commercial purposes, subject to full attribution. If you wish to use this manuscript for commercial purposes, please contact permissions@emerald.com'

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Work Title Motivations for supporting corporate social advocacy: applying the SIMCA model
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  1. Anli Xiao
  2. Holly K. Overton
Keyword
  1. Corporate social advocacy
  2. Collective action
  3. Social Identity Model of Collective Action
License CC BY-NC 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial)
Work Type Article
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  1. Journal of Communication Management
Publication Date November 28, 2022
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  1. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCOM-08-2021-0093
Deposited January 05, 2023

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    • <p>Purpose: This study examines why publics support corporate social advocacy (CSA) by looking at their support as a form of collective action that is motivated by individuals' shared group efficacy, anger and politicized identity by applying the Social Identity Model of Collective Action (SIMCA). Design/methodology/approach: This study adopted an online survey (N = 273), sampling US adults who supported a company's CSA effort. Findings: The survey found that shared group efficacy with the company led to higher intention to participate in CSA, engaging in positive word of mouth (PWOM) and providing financial support for the CSA cause. Individuals' identification with the company and the CSA cause also predicted intention to support CSA and PWOM. Sharing CSA cause-related anger with the company negatively predicted PWOM. Originality/value: This study is original as it investigated why and how people support for a company's CSA initiative by applying the SIMCA model. It extends the applicability of the SIMCA model to explain support for CSA. Moreover, this study enriches our theoretical understanding of CSA as it provides implications for why publics support CSA and how corporations can play a central role in gaining publics' support while taking stances on controversial issues.</p>
    • Purpose: This study examines why publics support corporate social advocacy (CSA) by looking at their support as a form of collective action that is motivated by individuals' shared group efficacy, anger and politicized identity by applying the Social Identity Model of Collective Action (SIMCA). Design/methodology/approach: This study adopted an online survey (N = 273), sampling US adults who supported a company's CSA effort. Findings: The survey found that shared group efficacy with the company led to higher intention to participate in CSA, engaging in positive word of mouth (PWOM) and providing financial support for the CSA cause. Individuals' identification with the company and the CSA cause also predicted intention to support CSA and PWOM. Sharing CSA cause-related anger with the company negatively predicted PWOM. Originality/value: This study is original as it investigated why and how people support for a company's CSA initiative by applying the SIMCA model. It extends the applicability of the SIMCA model to explain support for CSA. Moreover, this study enriches our theoretical understanding of CSA as it provides implications for why publics support CSA and how corporations can play a central role in gaining publics' support while taking stances on controversial issues.