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Glińska-Neweś, Aldona; Hatami, Akram; Hermes, Jan; Keränen, Anne; Ulkuniemi, Pauliina (2019) Organizational outcomes of corporate volunteering : the qualitative study. Journal of Positive Management 10(1): 32-43.

Organizational outcomes of corporate volunteering : the qualitative study

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Author: Glińska-Neweś, Aldona1; Hatami, Akram2; Hermes, Jan1,2;
Organizations: 1Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Toruń, Poland
2University of Oulu, Oulu Business School, Oulu, Finland
3University of Oulu, Martti Ahtisaari Institute, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika, 2019
Publish Date: 2021-02-02


Purpose: The aim of this paper is to identify benefits of corporate volunteer programs gained on employee behaviors’ side. Specifically, the following research question is posed: what benefits of corporate volunteer projects are there observed by employees participating in them?

Methodology/approach: The paper is based on a qualitative study conducted in the form of semi-structured in-depth individual interviews with employees participating in volunteer programs.

Findings: The study shows that corporate volunteering leads to positive effects on employees, including increased work meaningfulness, competence development and strengthen interpersonal relationships at work. Simultaneously, the study suggests that work meaningfulness plays focal role in the overall process.

Implications: Results of the study deliver practical implications for companies implementing corporate volunteering. Volunteer programs should be organized in a way giving employees full autonomy in crafting their projects. The programs should also support and intensify employee interactions and favor volunteer actions requiring wide range of skills.

Originality/value: The study contributes to theory development in the field of both corporate social responsibility and organizational behavior. Specifically, it gives an insight on how responsible business practices may strengthen employees’ sense of meaningfulness of work and subsequently improve their competences and mutual relations.

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Series: Journal of positive management
ISSN: 2083-103X
ISSN-E: 2392-1412
ISSN-L: 2083-103X
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Pages: 32 - 43
DOI: 10.12775/JPM.2019.011
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: The project funded by the National Science Centre, Poland, on the decision number DEC-2017/25/B/HS4/01113.
Copyright information: © 2019 Journal of Positive Management. Creative Commons (CC BY-ND 3.0).