The development and empirical testing of an explanatory structural model of employee green behaviour
Thesis (MCom)--Stellenbosch University, 2019.
ENGLISH SUMMARY : This study argues the importance of environmental sustainability and the critical role that organisations and individual employees play in contributing to organisations’ environmental performance. This rises the need to determine the factors that influence employee green behaviour (EGB). EGB should thus be defined, measured, and enhanced through human resource (HR) interventions. The objective of this research study is to investigate why there is variance in EGB among employees and to propose an explanatory EGB structural model in response to this research-initiating question. In an attempt to grasp the complexity of the behaviour of working man, various latent variables are hypothesised as determinants of EGB and their relationship in the larger nomological network of person-centred and situational latent variables that have a direct and indirect influence on EGB. In this study, an EGB structural model is proposed. Due to the size of the original model, the model was revised and reduced to allow for empirical testing. An ex post facto correlation design with Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) analysis technique was used to test the proposed research hypotheses. Moreover, a final sample of 221 permanent and fulltime employees that work in the private or public sector in South Africa, participated in the research study. Based on the results, data- and theory-driven recommendations are given for future research. Practical managerial recommendations are also derived from the proposed EGB structural model.
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