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Revista de Psicología del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones

On-line version ISSN 2174-0534Print version ISSN 1576-5962


SANCHEZ, Flor; SANDOVAL, Angélica; RODRIGUEZ-POMEDA, Jesús  and  CASANI, Fernando. Professional aspirations as indicators of responsible leadership style and corporate social responsibility. Are we training the responsible managers that business and society need? A cross-national study. Rev. psicol. trab. organ. [online]. 2020, vol.36, n.1, pp.49-61.  Epub Apr 20, 2020. ISSN 2174-0534.

The relationship between responsible leadership (RL), identified from achievement expectations, and the importance attached to corporate social responsibility (CSR) was analyzed. In a survey of 1,833 business management undergraduates in six Ibero-American countries, factor analysis identified three approaches to stakeholder relations, behaviors, and professional aspirations: a relational style associated with the intention to collaborate with others; a pragmatic style geared to attaining personal and organizational objectives; and an individualist style informed by a drive for personal achievement. Regression analyses confirmed the relationship between relational and pragmatic styles and CSR geared to stakeholder well-being, protection of social and natural environments, and ethical management. Both were associated with regard to the responsibilities that ensure business survival (such as meeting customer needs), while the individualist style was aligned with hostility toward those dimensions of CSR. These findings suggest that the relational and pragmatic styles lead to more effective CSR management.

Keywords : Responsible leadership; Professional aspirations; Corporate social responsibility; Business management; Sustainability mindset.

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