Social purpose in an organization from the perspective of an employee. A self-determination outlook on the meaning of work

Marta Roczniewska , Malwina Puchalska-Kamińska , Agnieszka Łądka-Barańska


Objective: Advancing social purpose in organizations is usually studied from the macro perspective, i.e., how it benefits organizational business goals or society more broadly. In this paper, we focus on social purpose from the perspective of the employee and propose that advancing social purpose in an organization allows individuals to fulfil an important human need for the meaning of work (MW). This study’s objective was to assess whether a volunteering Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program in a manufacturing company allows employees to fulfil their basic psychological needs for relatedness, competence, and autonomy. The data was collected through in-depth interviews with 15 employees and an analysis of artifacts. Results: In the analysis, three main themes describing different aspects of voluntary work at the company were identified. We found that across all groups of interviewed employees the voluntary activities served the needs of (1) relatedness, (2) competence, and (3) autonomy. We conclude that CSR programs have th
Publication categoriesElectronic article/chapter
Author Marta Roczniewska (Wydzial Psychologii w Sopocie)
Marta Roczniewska,,
- Wydzial Psychologii w Sopocie
, Malwina Puchalska-Kamińska (Wydział Psychologii w Warszawie)
Malwina Puchalska-Kamińska,,
- Wydział Psychologii w Warszawie
, Agnieszka Łądka-Barańska
Agnieszka Łądka-Barańska,,
Journal seriesBMC Research Notes, ISSN 1756-0500, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2021
No14 (1)
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishCorporate social responsibility, Meaning of work, Self-determination theory, Autonomy, Competence, Relatedness, Case study, Employee volunteering
ASJC Classification2700 General Medicine; 1300 General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Languageen angielski
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