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CSR communication and media channel choice in the hospitality and tourism industry

Abstract: Despite extensive research on corporate engagement in corporate social responsibility (CSR), studies on CSR communication in the hospitality and tourism industry are scarce. Deepening this line of research is necessary to understand properly the real effects of CSR communication on consumers' attitudinal and behavioral responses to companies. In this paper, we test a causal model of CSR communication for this industry based on the hierarchy-of-effects framework. Based on attribution theory, we also explore whether media channel choice affects consumers' perceptions, attitudes, and behavioral intentions in the model. Performing an ANOVA test and multisampling structural equation modeling (SEM), we test our model of CSR communication with two samples that receive the same CSR information about a restaurant chain through a controlled media channel (i.e., corporate website) and a media channel that is uncontrolled by the company (i.e., online newspaper). We collected data from 226 and 240 participants, respectively. The findings suggest that the conceptual model is consistent across the two samples, although the media channel choice significantly affects the strength of several relationships in the model. While consumer?company identification is a stronger mediator in consumers' responses to the CSR message when read in the newspaper, trust is more important for consumers when they evaluate the corporate website. Nevertheless, both media channels report good business returns to the company in terms of consumers' purchase and advocacy intentions. These findings have relevant implications for hospitality and tourism companies, promoting the incorporation of both controlled and uncontrolled media channels into integrated marketing communication strategies.

 Autoría: Pérez A., García De Los Salmones M.D.M.,

 Fuente: Tourism Management Perspectives, 2023, 45, 101066

Editorial: Elsevier

 Fecha de publicación: 01/01/2023

Nº de páginas: 16

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.tmp.2022.101066

ISSN: 2211-9736,2211-9744

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmp.2022.101066