Greener workplace : understanding senior management's adoption decisions through the Theory of Planned Behaviour

Sawang, Sukanlaya & Kivits, Robbert A. (2014) Greener workplace : understanding senior management's adoption decisions through the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21(1), pp. 22-36.

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Abstract

Human Resources (HR) policies and practices have changed due to global environmental instability. These policies and practices are key factors for successful environmental management. Using the Theory of Planned Behaviour, this article aims to understand the critical factors which influence senior management’s decision to adopt ‘green’ HR practices. Data were collected from 210 organisations in Australia using two separate surveys. Survey one, which was addressed directly to HR managers and directors, contained questions relating to HR policies (the dependent variables), while survey two, which was addressed directly to CEOs and senior managers, contained questions about environmental-related attitudes, subjective norms and perceived control (the independent variables). Results indicated that senior management’s environmental-related attitudes, subjective norms from stakeholders and perceived green resource readiness influenced their decision to adopt green HR initiatives. However, attitudes and green resource readiness in particular had greater impacts than subjective norms. Limitations, implications and future research are also outlined.

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ID Code: 67303
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: green HR, green behaviour, green adoption, environmental attitudes, Theory of Planned Behaviour
DOI: 10.1080/14486563.2013.848418
ISSN: 1448-6563
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Australasian Journal of Environmental Management on 05 Feb 2014, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14486563.2013.848418
Deposited On: 13 Feb 2014 04:20
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2015 04:22

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