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Enacting Ecological Sustainability in the MNC: A Test of an Adapted Value-Belief-Norm Framework

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Undoubtedly, multinational corporations must play a significant role in the advancement of global ecological ethics. Our research offers a glimpse into the process of how goals of ecological sustainability in one multinational corporation can trickle down through the organization via the sustainability support behaviors of supervisors. We asked the question “How do supervisors in a multinational corporation internalize their corporation’s commitment to ecological sustainability and, in turn, behave in ways that convey this commitment to their subordinates?” In response, we created a theoretical framework for supervisor sustainability support behavior based on Stern et al., Human Ecology Review 6(2), 81-97 (1999) value-belief-norm (VBN) theory. We then tested our framework by performing a survey-based field study of supervisors in a multinational pharmaceutical company that has publicly professed a goal of ecological sustainability.

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Andersson, L., Shivarajan, S. & Blau, G. Enacting Ecological Sustainability in the MNC: A Test of an Adapted Value-Belief-Norm Framework. J Bus Ethics 59, 295–305 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-005-3440-x

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Keywords

  • ecological ethics
  • multinational corporation
  • sustainability
  • supervisory support
  • value-belief-norm theory