Authors: Frank Montabon; Paula C. Morrow; David E. Cantor
Addresses: Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Iowa State University, Gerdin Business Building, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA ' Department of Management, Iowa State University, Gerdin Business Building, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA ' Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems, Iowa State University, Gerdin Business Building, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA
Abstract: Previous research on sustainability in the supply chain has typically been at the firm level. Recognising that the successful implementation of supply chain environmental sustainability initiatives is ultimately up to the employees that have to do the work, this study examines the factors that promote an individual's willingness to voluntarily engage in environmental behaviours in the workplace (i.e., environmental citizenship behaviours (ECBs)). Using commitment theory, we develop a model that delineates how four organisational practices and two individual differences serve to promote employee engagement in ECBs by enhancing employee commitment to work related environmental activities. The process-oriented model receives empirical support in relation to five of the six antecedents within a supply chain focused sample of distribution centre employees. Results are discussed in terms of their theoretical implications for environmental and commitment research, along with their role in addressing supply chain environmental sustainability.
Keywords: environmental management; organisational citizenship behaviour; OCB; commitment theory; employee engagement; environmental activities; environmental sustainability; sustainable supply chains; supply chain management; SCM; distribution centre employees; employee commitment; sustainable development.
International Journal of Integrated Supply Management, 2016 Vol.10 No.1, pp.63 - 88
Received: 26 Jul 2014
Accepted: 27 Aug 2015
Published online: 29 Jan 2016 *