The purpose of this study is to examine the role of leader and organisational credibility in influencing customers’ intention to support Islamic social enterprises.Design/methodology/approachThe credibility of the leader and that of the social enterprise are exposed through advertising. Ads portraying the six largest Islamic social enterprises in Indonesia and their social entrepreneur leaders were shown to 221 existing customers via online and offline surveys.FindingsThe findings indicate that organisational credibility and organisational branding have much greater influence than leaders’ personal credibility on customers’ intention to support Islamic social enterprises.Research limitations/implicationsThe study has highlighted the greater role of organisational credibility and branding over advertising in attracting support for Islamic social entrepreneurship.Practical implicationsIslamic social enterprises need to develop a trusted brand and establish a more effective way to communicate with their stakeholders besides advertising, as the impact of ads on customer support intention is not significant.Originality/valueThe study contributes to the field of marketing and social entrepreneurship by providing empirical results on the Islamic social entrepreneurship phenomenon.
Journal of Islamic Marketing – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 21, 2019
Keywords: Credibility; Leader; Marketing communication; Social enterprise; Organization; Islam
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