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Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 519–557 | Cite as

Employee–Organization Pro-environmental Values Fit and Pro-environmental Behavior: The Role of Supervisors’ Personal Values

  • Hui Lu
  • Xia Liu
  • Hong ChenEmail author
  • Ruyin Long
Original Paper
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Abstract

This study examines the relationship among the employees–organization pro-environmental values fit (E–O PEVs fit), supervisors’ PEVs and employees’ pro-environmental behaviors (PEB). Informed by the PEB, organizational values and employee–organization fit literature, we propose and test hypotheses that under egoistic, altruistic and biosphere-value orientations, E–O PEVs fit versus non-fit have significant effects on employees’ private-sphere PEB and public-sphere PEB, identifying supervisors’ PEVs as a moderator. An empirical investigation indicates that the effect of E–O PEVs fit on employees’ private-sphere PEB and public-sphere PEB varies as the value orientation differs. More specifically, under the context of altruistic and biosphere-value orientations, if the organizational PEVs do not match the employees’ PEVs, especially when the former exceeds the latter, employees’ PEB will rise as the organizational PEVs increase. As for egoistic value orientation, when organizational PEVs exceed employees’ PEVs, not only will public-sphere PEB stop decreasing and tend to stabilize, but also private-sphere PEB will rise to a slight degree. Furthermore, compared with altruistic and biospheric values dimensions, supervisors who promote egoistic PEVs will have a more significant effect on the relationship between global E–O PEVs fit and employees’ PEB. Finally, we suggest that the goals of an organization and its supervisors need to be combined within the actual situation of Chinese corporations to truly implement corporate green practices by balancing the profit goal and the environmental goal.

Keywords

Employees’ private-sphere pro-environmental behavior Employees’ public-sphere pro-environmental behavior Employee–organization pro-environmental values fit Extra-role behavior In-role behavior Supervisors’ pro-environmental values 

Abbreviations

PEB

Pro-environmental behavior

PEVs

Pro-environmental values

Eego-PEVs

Egoistic-oriented employees’ pro-environmental values

Ealt-PEVs

Altruistic-oriented employees’ pro-environmental values

Ebio-PEVs

Biospheric-oriented employees’ pro-environmental values

Oego-PEVs

Egoistic-oriented organizational pro-environmental values

Oalt-PEVs

Altruistic-oriented organizational pro-environmental values

Obio-PEVs

Biospheric-oriented organizational pro-environmental values

Sego-PEVs

Egoistic-oriented supervisors’ pro-environmental values

Salt-PEVs

Altruistic-oriented supervisors’ pro-environmental values

Sbio-PEVs

Biospheric-oriented supervisors’ pro-environmental values

E–O PEVs fit

Employees–organization pro-environmental values fit

Eego–Oego PEVs

Egoistic-oriented employees–organization pro-environmental values

Ealt–Oalt PEVs

Altruistic-oriented employees–organization pro-environmental values

Ebio–Obio PEVs

Biospheric-oriented employees–organization pro-environmental values

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China Project (Grant Nos. 71473247, 71473248, 71673271, 71273258, 71603255), the Major project of National Social Science Funding of China (Grant No. 16ZDA056), Jiangsu Philosophy and Social Sciences Excellent Innovation Cultivation Team (2017), the 333 Project of Training High-level Talents of Jiangsu Province (2016), the Teaching Education Reformed Practice of Jiangsu Province (Grant No. JGZZ16_078), the Social Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province Project (Grant No. 14JD026), “13th Five Year” brand discipline specialty building project of China University of Mining and Technology (2017), “13th Five Year” Brand Discipline Construction Funding Project of China University of Mining and Technology (2017), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. 2017WB16), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. 2017XKZD12), the China Ministry of Education Humanities and Social Science Project (Grant No. 14YJC630092), the Education Humanities and Social Science Project of Jiangsu Province (Grant No. 14ZHC002) and the program of innovation team supported by China University of Mining and Technology (Grant No. 2015ZY003).

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  1. 1.School of ManagementChina University of Mining and TechnologyXuzhouChina

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