Corporate social responsibility and international students mobility in higher education
Social Responsibility Journal
School of Business and Law
Taylor’s University, Malaysia - Taylor’s Internal Research Grant Scheme – Emerging Research Funding Scheme (TIRGS-ERFS) (Grant no. TRGS/ERFS/2/2018/SOC/011)
Purpose: Building upon the attribution and brand resonance theories, this paper aims to investigate the effects of perceived corporate social responsibility (CSR) in higher education institutions on brand reputation, trust, equity and loyalty. Design/methodology/approach: The data for this study were collected from international students of one public and one private university in Malaysia. Partial least squares-structural equation modelling was applied to analyse the data. Findings: The findings revealed very strong effects of perceived CSR on brand reputation and trust. Moreover, the results determined the positive effects of brand reputation and trust on brand equity and loyalty. Additionally, findings support the positive indirect effects of perceived CSR on brand equity and loyalty through brand reputation and trust. Originality/value: This study provides unique theoretical and practical contributions which can inform countries how to attract international students, particularly in post COVID-19 era.