A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
A systematic literature review on employee relations with CSR : State of art and future research agenda (2022)

Onkila, T., & Sarna, B. (2022). A systematic literature review on employee relations with CSR : State of art and future research agenda. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 29(2), 435-447. https://doi.org/10.1002/csr.2210

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All authors or editors: Onkila, Tiina; Sarna, Bhavesh

Journal or series: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management

ISSN: 1535-3958

eISSN: 1535-3966

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 22/09/2021

Volume: 29

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 435-447

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/csr.2210

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77917


Within recent years, the literature on employee–CSR relations has grown significantly. However, the research is fragmented throughout various journals and disciplines, and we still lack a comprehensive literature review on the topic to show what we currently know about the employee relationship with CSR, and what we do not know. In this study, we conduct a systematic literature review on employee relations with CSR, based 331 journal articles. We analyze their methodological and theoretical approaches. Based on their key findings, we build a categorization of dominant research findings and their connections. Building on our review, we show how the research has been dominated by a focus on the organizational implementation of CSR and organizational benefits. Employees have been mainly perceived as implementers of top-down sustainability policies and as mediators towards organizational CSR-related benefits. We also discuss the need for future research on the more active role of employees in CSR relations, especially bottom-up change processes and understanding the role of tensions and complexities.

Keywords: corporate responsibility; societal responsibility; sustainable development; employees; human resource management; systematic reviews

Free keywords: corporate social responsibility; employees; human resource management; literature review; sustainability; sustainable development

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Reporting Year: 2022

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