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The Psychology of Green Organizations$
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Jennifer L. Robertson and Julian Barling

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199997480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199997480.001.0001

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Organizational Change

Organizational Change

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The Psychology of Green Organizations

Matthew Davis

Phillipa Coan

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how organizational change principles may be applied to promote organizational greening and employee pro-environmental behavior. Four key areas of change management are focused upon: organizational culture; leadership and change agents; employee engagement; and the differing forms that change may take. The role of each factor in supporting environmental change is discussed, together with relevant research evidence drawn from the corporate sustainability, WPEB, management, and organizational change literatures. Socio-Technical Systems Thinking is offered as a guiding framework with which to approach the design and implementation of holistic organizational change. The chapter concludes by outlining a number of important research developments that are required to aid progression within this domain and key practical recommendations for enacting organizational change for environmental sustainability are offered.

Keywords:   change management, corporate sustainability, employee engagement, environmental change, sustainable leadership, organizational change, organizational greening, pro-environmental behavior, socio-technical systems

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