Evaluating a socially responsible employment program: beneficiary impacts and stakeholder perceptions

Walker, Matthew, Hills, Stephen and Heere, Bob (2015) Evaluating a socially responsible employment program: beneficiary impacts and stakeholder perceptions. Journal of business ethics, 143 (1). pp. 53-70. ISSN 0167-4544

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-015-2801-3

Abstract / Description

Although many organizations around the world have engaged in corporate social responsibility (CSR) programing, there is little evidence of social impact. This is a problematic omission since many programs carry the stigma of marketing ploys used to bolster organizational image or reduce consumer skepticism. To address this issue and build on existing scholarship, the purpose of this study was to evaluate a socially responsible youth employability program in the United Kingdom. The program was developed through the foundation of a professional British soccer team to bolster employability and life skills for marginalized London youth. Program funding was provided by a large multinational bank as part of their CSR agenda. This evaluation was undertaken to understand the beneficiary impacts associated with program deployment. Results from the pre-intervention/post-intervention, sequential mixed-method evaluation show statistically significant differences among several “soft” beneficiary outcomes (e.g., self-esteem, self-efficacy, and perceived marketability). However, results are mixed regarding whether the “hard” outcome of employment was achieved by program participants. Qualitative findings buttress these results, indicating a high level of motivation for work, attitude enhancement, and satisfaction with program delivery.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at springer.com.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, Program evaluation, Youth employability, Social intervention
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Stephen Hills
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2019 08:55
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 08:55
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/3445

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