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My Organization Wants Me to Do What? The Effect of Implementing the B-Corp Certification on Employee Pro-Environmental Behavior
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In today’s society, environmental concern might be at a historical peak. 2778 companies in 60 countries have now acquired the Benefit-Corporation (B-Corp) Certification in attempts to demonstrate their environmental responsibility. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of implementing the B-Corp Certification in a USA automotive dealership on employee pro-environmental behavior and life satisfaction, with consideration of the moderating role of commitment to the B-Corp Certification. A within-group quasi-experimental design was used to investigate the effects of the certification over a 5-month period through self-reported measures. Thirty-three employees participated in this study. One-way repeated-measures ANOVA was conducted to measure differences in employee pro-environmental behavior before and after the implementation of the B-Corp Certification. Through bivariate correlations the relationship between employee pro-environmental behavior and life satisfaction was analyzed. Partial correlation was used to test the moderating role of commitment in determining the strength of the implementation on employee pro-environmental behavior. There was no difference between pre- and post-measurements of employee pro-environmental behavior. Commitment to the B-Corp Certification did not moderate the effectiveness of the implementation of the B-Corp Certification on employee pro-environmental behavior. Additionally, no relationship was found between pro-environmental behavior and life satisfaction. Finally, results are discussed within the context of industrial- and organizational(IO) psychology, as are the implications for future research and interventions aimed at increasingemployee pro-environmental behaviors.

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2019. , p. 44
Keywords [en]
pro-environmental behavior; commitment; organizational change; life satisfaction; norm-activation model, value-belief and norm framework, social exchange theory; theory of planned behavior; B-Corp Certification.
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-84729OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-84729DiVA, id: diva2:1321390
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Bob Moore Auto Group
Subject / course
Psychology
Educational program
Psychology, work and organizational psychology, Master Programme, 120 credits
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2019-05-31, Linneaus University, Vaxjo, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-06-12 Created: 2019-06-07 Last updated: 2019-06-12Bibliographically approved

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