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Sustainability 2015, 7(4), 3683-3694; doi:10.3390/su7043683

Corporate Brand Trust as a Mediator in the Relationship between Consumer Perception of CSR, Corporate Hypocrisy, and Corporate Reputation

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Department of Clothing and Textiles, Chungnam National University, 99-Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-764, Korea
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School of Business Administration, Pukyong National University, 45, Yongso-ro, Nam-gu, Busan 608-737, Korea
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Dongguk Business School, Dongguk University-Seoul, 30, Pildong-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-715, Korea
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Ioppolo
Received: 12 January 2015 / Revised: 20 March 2015 / Accepted: 24 March 2015 / Published: 27 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

The aim of this research is to investigate the relationship between consumer perception of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), corporate brand trust, corporate hypocrisy, and corporate reputation. Based on the one-to-one interview method using a structured questionnaire of 560 consumers in South Korea, the proposed model was estimated by structural equation modeling analysis. The model suggests that consumer perception of CSR influences consumer attitudes toward a corporation (i.e., perceived corporate hypocrisy and corporate reputation) by developing corporate brand trust. This in turn further enhances corporate reputation while decreasing corporate hypocrisy. The findings of our study demonstrate that consumer perception of CSR is an antecedent to corporate brand trust, which fully mediates the relationship between consumer perception of CSR and corporate reputation. In addition, corporate brand trust has the role of partial mediator in the relationship between consumer perception of CSR and corporate hypocrisy. These results imply that to better understand the relationship between consumer perception of CSR and consumer attitudes toward a corporation, it is necessary to consider corporate brand trust as an important mediating variable. The theoretical and practical implications of this study are discussed, together with its limitations and potential for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: consumer CSR perception; corporate brand trust; corporate hypocrisy; corporate reputation consumer CSR perception; corporate brand trust; corporate hypocrisy; corporate reputation
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Kim, H.; Hur, W.-M.; Yeo, J. Corporate Brand Trust as a Mediator in the Relationship between Consumer Perception of CSR, Corporate Hypocrisy, and Corporate Reputation. Sustainability 2015, 7, 3683-3694.

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