Prosociality in business: a human empowerment framework

Brieger, Steven A, Terjesen, Siri A, Hechavarría, Diana M and Welzel, Christian (2019) Prosociality in business: a human empowerment framework. Journal of Business Ethics, 159 (2). pp. 361-380. ISSN 0167-4544

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This study introduces a human empowerment framework to better understand why some businesses are more socially oriented than others in their policies and activities. Building on Welzel’s theory of emancipation, we argue that human empowerment—comprised of four components: action resources, emancipative values, social movement activity, and civic entitlements—enables, motivates, and entitles individuals to pursue social goals for their businesses. Using a sample of over 15,000 entrepreneurs from 43 countries, we report strong empirical evidence for two ecological effects of the framework components on prosociality. We find that human empowerment (1) lifts entrepreneurs’ willingness to choose a social orientation for their business, and (2) reinforces the gender effect on prosociality in business activity. We discuss the human empowerment framework’s added value in understanding how modernization processes fully leverage the potential of social business activities for societies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social entrepreneurship, Female entrepreneurship, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Human empowerment, Emancipative values, Culture, Cross-country analysis, Institutions, CSR
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Strategy and Marketing
Depositing User: Steven Brieger
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2018 10:48
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 10:00

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