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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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Theoretical Basis for Organizational Pro-Environmental Research

Theoretical Basis for Organizational Pro-Environmental Research

3 (p.33) Theoretical Basis for Organizational Pro-Environmental Research
The Psychology of Green Organizations

Angela M. Ruepert

Linda Steg

Kees Keizer

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a theoretical framework to explain workplace pro-environmental behavior (WPEB). It first discusses psychological factors that have proved to be successful in predicting private sphere pro-environmental behaviors, by looking at value theories, goal-framing theory, theories on habits, and theories that assume that behavior results from (individual, social, normative, and hedonic) cost-benefits analyses. Next, it argues that specific contextual characteristics of the workplace may affect (the influence of these factors on) WPEB by affecting the relative strength of people’s normative, gain, and hedonic goals. Such characteristics are: the limited level of autonomy over WPEB, the high levels of formally shaped social interactions, and reduced levels of self-control at the workplace. The chapter argues it is crucial to consider the interaction between individual factors and contextual factors in order to enhance our understanding of pro-environmental behavior in organizations.

Keywords:   autonomy, cost-benefit analyses, goal-framing theory, profit-generation, self-control, social interactions, value theories, workplace pro-environmental behavior

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