The Psychology of Green Organizations

ISBN : 9780199997480

Jennifer L. Robertson; Julian Barling
408 Pages
163 x 234 mm
Pub date
Mar 2015
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As we move further into the 21st century, the global challenges and consequences posed by climate change are becoming increasingly apparent. Although organizations are considered significant contributors to climate change, they also have the potential to positively affect it through their employees. As a result, understanding how employees' pro-environmental initiatives can positively affect climate change has increasingly become the focus of inquiry among organizational researchers. The Psychology of Green Organizations brings together a number of these researchers to review leading research in different areas of organizational environmental sustainability. In so doing, this book consolidates available knowledge on employees' contributions to corporate environmental initiatives, stimulates future empirical research on this topic, and provides recommendations for how organizations can improve their environmental performance through their employees. Many chapters provide case examples of environmentally sustainable organizations to illustrate lessons gleaned from research. Chapters in part 1 provide a conceptual, theoretical, and methodological foundation for research on workplace pro-environmental behaviors, while those in parts 2 and 3 review research on the promotion of workplace pro-environmental behaviors at the individual and organizational levels, respectively. Part 4 explores one organization that has been successful at promoting employees' environmental initiatives, highlighting how both organizational and individual factors can be used to effect major changes in corporate environmental sustainability.


List of Contributors
Part I: Setting the Stage
Chapter 1: Introduction
Jennifer L. Robertson and Julian Barling
Chapter 2: The Nature of Employees' Pro-Environmental Behaviors
Olivier Boiral, Pascal Paille, and Nicolas Raineri
Chapter 3: Theoretical Basis for Organizational Pro-Environmental Research
Angela M. Ruepert, Linda Steg, and Kees Keizer
Chapter 4: Research Methods in Pro-Environmental Research
Timur Ozbilir and E. Kevin Kelloway
Chapter 5: Diary Methods and Workplace Pro-Environmental Behaviors
Megan J. Bissing-Olson, Kelly S. Fielding, and Aarti Iyer
Part II: The Role of Individuals in Promoting Workplace Pro-Environmental Behaviors
Chapter 6: Individual Determinants of Workplace Pro-Environmental Behaviors
Siu Hing Lo
Chapter 7: The Role of Emotions in Promoting Workplace Pro-Environmental Behaviors
Sally Russell and Elmar Friedrich
Chapter 8: Environmental Leadership
Jennifer L. Robertson and Julian Barling
Chapter 9: Environmental Locus of Control
Mark Cleveland and Maria Kalamas
Chapter 10: "Green Me Up, Scotty": Psychological Influence Techniques for Increasing Pro-Environmental Employee Behavior
Kerrie L. Unsworth
Part III: The Role of Organizations in Promoting Workplace Pro-Environmental Behaviors
Chapter 11: Organizational Change
Mathew Davis and Phillipa Coan
Chapter 12: Green Human-Resource Management
Andrew Bratton and John Bratton
Chapter 13: Ergonomic Initiatives Towards Environmental Sustainability
Andrew Thatcher
Chapter 14: Pro-Environmental Organizational Culture and Climate
Thomas A. Norton, Hannes Zacher, and Neal A. Ashkanasy
Part IV: Tying It All Together
Chapter 15: Sustainable Innovation at Interface: Workplace Pro-Environmental Behavior
as a Collective Driver for Continuous Improvement
Steve Kennedy, Gail Whiteman, and Amanda Williams

About the author: 

Jennifer L. Robertson is Assistant Professor in the DAN Management and Organizational Studies program at Western University. Jennifer's research focuses on psychological issues involved in organizational environmental sustainability and on the nature and prediction of leadership. Her research has been published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Leadership Quarterly.; Julian Barling is the Borden Chair of Leadership and Professor of Organizational Behaviour in the Queen's School of Business, and author of The Science of Leadership: Lessons from Research for Organizational Leaders (Oxford University Press, 2014). Julian is extensively involved in research, graduate teaching, and executive development focused on organizational leadership, and has received numerous awards for research and teaching. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, and a fellow of several professional international organizations since then.

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