Predicting MBA graduates' donation behaviour to their alma mater

Yehuda Baruch, Katherine J. C. Sang

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to develop a model to examine factors influencing the inclination of MBA graduates to donate to their alma mater.

Design/methodology/approach: The authors used a large data‐base of 3,677 MBA graduates to evaluate individual factors, and external evaluation of organizational level factors. The authors constructed and tested the model, finding strong support for its validity.

Findings: Satisfaction with the MBA, university prestige and salary were significant predictors of donating behavior. Engagement (operationalised volunteering) was a significant mediating factor between these factors and donating behaviour.

Originality/value: The paper adds to both theoretical implication for understanding long‐term relationships between graduates and their alma mater and to managerial implication for future financing of universities and business schools in particular.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)808-825
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Management Development
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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