Crowd-out effect on consumers attitude towards corporate social responsibility communication

Felicia Naatu, Samuel Anokye Nyarko, Ziaul Haque Munim, Ilan Alon

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is assumed to function better in open societies and competitive markets where market forces drive communication and voluntary adoption of self-regulated quality CSR practices. Thus, the common wisdom maintains that consumer awareness of positive CSR activities of an organisation elicits positive perceptions about the organisation. Contrarily, we find negative and insignificant effect of CSR communication on perceived CSR performance in the context of Norway. The findings are consistent with predictions of crowding-out theory which submits that moderately enforced government policies can displace consumers’ intrinsic motivations to contribute to public good. Further, we find support for the contention that context affects decisions, especially where there are no clearly defined norms for appropriate behaviour and decisions are sensitive to social considerations. Building on existing literature, we provide a novel contribution by introducing explanations for consumers’ attitude towards CSR communication based on context and crowding-out theory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121544
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
StatePublished - Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • CSR disclosure
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Government role
  • Structural equation modelling


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