How does responsible leadership affect employees' voluntary workplace green behaviors? A multilevel dual process model of voluntary workplace green behaviors

Zhang, J., Ul-Durar, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-6574-026X, Akhtar, M.N., Zhang, Y. and Lu, L., 2021. How does responsible leadership affect employees' voluntary workplace green behaviors? A multilevel dual process model of voluntary workplace green behaviors. Journal of Environmental Management, 296: 113205. ISSN 0301-4797

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Abstract

This study aims to explore how to encourage employees to engage in voluntary workplace green behavior. Drawing upon social identity and social information processing theories, we theorized and tested a multilevel model in which responsible leadership triggers employee voluntary workplace green behavior by fostering organizational identification and a green work climate. Additionally, we distinguished these two critical processes by introducing employees’ green values as a moderator. A multilevel, multisource study collected from 299 employees and 71 supervisors generally supported our predictions. Specifically, responsible leadership was a significant predictor of voluntary workplace green behavior. Moreover, employees’ green values strengthened the organizational identification mechanism and attenuated the green work climate process in the relationship between responsible leadership and voluntary workplace green behavior. The findings and the theoretical underpinning of our study shed a new light on the green work climate, identity, and values in a responsible way shape the voluntary green behaviors among organizational actors and provide practical implications for leaders determined to improve environmental sustainability in organizations.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Environmental Management
Creators: Zhang, J., Ul-Durar, S., Akhtar, M.N., Zhang, Y. and Lu, L.
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Date: 15 October 2021
Volume: 296
ISSN: 0301-4797
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.113205DOI
S0301479721012676Publisher Item Identifier
1475312Other
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 07 Oct 2021 12:52
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 12:52
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44343

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