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Multiple pathways linking environmental knowledge and awareness to employees’ green behavior

Ali Safari (Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran)
Reza Salehzadeh (Department of Management, University of Shahid Ashrafi Esfahani, Isfahan, Iran)
Razieh Panahi (Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran)
Samaneh Abolghasemian (Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran)

Corporate Governance

ISSN: 1472-0701

Article publication date: 3 January 2018

Issue publication date: 23 January 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the present research is to investigate the impact of environmental knowledge and awareness on green behavior with respect to behavioral intentions, environmental attitude and green commitment as mediator variables.

Design/methodology/approach

The statistical population included the managers of Esfahan Mobarakeh Steel Company in Iran. In total, 135 questionnaires were distributed among relevant managers, out of which 120 questionnaires were returned and analyzed using structural equation modeling method.

Findings

The findings of the study showed that environmental knowledge and awareness has a significant direct effect on managers’ green behavior (β = 0.42). Also, environmental knowledge and awareness has a significant indirect effect on managers’ green behavior through behavioral intentions (β = 0.34), environmental attitude (β = 0.19) and green commitment (β = 0.33).

Originality value

This study is among the first to simultaneously investigate the multiple pathways from environmental knowledge and awareness to green behavior. The second contribution of the present study is considering green behavior of personnel in the iron and steel industry in a developing country.

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Citation

Safari, A., Salehzadeh, R., Panahi, R. and Abolghasemian, S. (2020), "Multiple pathways linking environmental knowledge and awareness to employees’ green behavior", Corporate Governance, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 81-103. https://doi.org/10.1108/CG-08-2016-0168

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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