Intra-organizational volunteerism: Good soldiers, good deeds and good politics

John Peloza, Derek N. Hassay

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Despite the millions of hours donated to charity each year by employees on behalf of their employers there has been relatively little research into the motives for such pro-social behavior. The current paper extends Peterson's (2004, Journal of Business Ethics 49, 371) study by exploring a unique form of employee volunteerism identified as intra-organizational, or employer-sanctioned volunteerism, and uniting the heretofore distinct charity support and organizational citizenship behavior literatures. Results of a preliminary study revealed that employee participation in such intra-organizational volunteer programs is motivated by charity, firm, and personal benefits. Managerial and research implications are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-379
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Business Ethics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2006


  • Corporate philanthropy
  • Employee volunteerism
  • Organizational citizenship behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Law


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