Associations between organisations’ motivated workforce and environmental performance

Rae, Kirsten and Sands, John and Gadenne, David Leslie (2015) Associations between organisations’ motivated workforce and environmental performance. Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, 11 (3). pp. 384-405. ISSN 1832-5912


Purpose – This study aims to investigate the association between a motivated and prepared workforce and environmental performance.

Design/methodology/approach – Self-administered surveys were used to collect data for the study from 300 organisations operating in Australia. Confirmatory factor analyses were used to test the robustness of the various measurement models, and structural equation modelling was used to test the two propositions for this study.

Findings – The results identify significant associations between affective commitment, employee performance process and training and enhanced environmental performance, which is mediated through the value-creating processes, work practices, process improvement and innovation process.
Also, there is a set of sequential associations between work practices and process improvement and well as process improvement and innovation process.

Practical implications – The study has identified specific management practices that enhance environmental performance. The findings add to the body of knowledge because previous studies focused on general conceptual rather than actual management practices. The implications for practice are that organisations should enhance organisational affective commitment to their environmental
strategy, tailor employee performance processes and provide regular, specific training to employees to improve processes that lead to better environmental performance.

Originality/value – Results, mentioned in findings above, provide some specificity to associations that had been illustrated and explained previously in an abstract or conceptual framework. A framework of identified associations provides a basis for future research and for
practical application to assist with organisational environmental performance as part of a corporate sustainability strategy.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2016 06:58
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2016 01:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation, human resource management, human capital, organisational commitment, environmental performance, value-creating processes
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150105 Management Accounting
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150106 Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/JAOC-10-2013-0090

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