Title

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

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Sawang, S & Kivits, RA 2014, 'Greener workplace: understanding senior management's adoption decisions through the Theory of Planned Behaviour', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 22-36.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2013.848418

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Human resources (HR) policies and practices have changed due to global environmental instability. These policies and practices are the 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.