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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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Pro-Environmental Organizational Culture and Climate

Pro-Environmental Organizational Culture and Climate

14 (p.322) Pro-Environmental Organizational Culture and Climate
The Psychology of Green Organizations

Thomas A. Norton

Hannes Zacher

Neal M. Ashkanasy

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the concepts of organizational culture and climate and applies them to environmental sustainability. Though culture and climate are often used interchangeably, the chapter identifies key distinctions between them and highlights how they can complement one another. The two concepts are used to discuss how the organizational context for environmental sustainability, and employee perceptions thereof, influence individual pro-environmental behavior. Organizational climate is integrated with a dynamic model of organizational culture to describe how pro-environmental cultures and climates emerge. The chapter also highlights how organizations with different motivations can create pro-environmental cultures and climates. The chapter uses the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company as an archetype of an organization with a pro-environmental culture and climate. In the course of the discussion, the chapter nominates several imperatives for research and recommendations for practice.

Keywords:   competing values framework, dynamic culture model, environmental sustainability, organizational climate, organizational culture, pro-environmental

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