An Exploratory Study of Business Students' Discretionary Social Responsibility Orientation

Christopher Achua, Robert N. Lussier


As future business leaders, students’ values and belief system will influence the types of decisions they make regarding their organization’s role in society. This study examined business students’ Corporate Social Responsibility Orientation (CSRO) and their attitudes towards the discretionary component of CSR. The majority of business students have a high CSRO and also believe in the discretionary social responsibility component of CSR. Only 13% of the respondents said they did not believe companies have a responsibility that goes beyond earning a profit for their shareholders. The study found no significant differences in students’ CSRO by gender, age, marital status and graduating class.

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