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Authentic leadership towards sustainability in higher education – an integrated green model

Anugamini Priya Srivastava (Symbiosis Institute of Business Management Pune, Symbiosis International University, Pune, India)
Venkatesh Mani (Montpellier Business School, Montpellier, France)
Mohit Yadav (Jindal Global Business School, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India)
Yatish Joshi (School of Management Studies, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, Allahabad, India)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 13 April 2020

Issue publication date: 21 November 2020

Abstract

Purpose

Sustainability in higher education has drawn the attention of various scholars. However, to date, very few studies have examined the human side of green employee behaviour towards sustainability. Thus, to address this gap, this study aims to analyse the effect of green authentic leadership towards sustainability in higher education, with the intervening impact of green internal branding and green training.

Design/methodology/approach

The study examined the data collected from faculty and their immediate heads from private higher education institutions. Tests for reliability, validity and internal consistency of measures followed by exploratory factor analysis were conducted for each measure. The hypotheses were tested through hierarchical regression analysis while confirmatory factor analysis was done to test the fit of the model.

Findings

The results supported the fit of the proposed model and showed positive and significant effect of green authentic leadership on the sustainability in higher education. Further, green internal branding had a mediating effect between green authentic leadership and sustainability and green training showed a significant moderating role between green authentic leadership and sustainability relationship.

Originality/value

The study contributes to ongoing research in the field of green employee behaviour, green HRM practices and sustainability in higher education. Further, the study provides practical implications to enable higher education institution to work towards sustenance effectively.

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Citation

Srivastava, A.P., Mani, V., Yadav, M. and Joshi, Y. (2020), "Authentic leadership towards sustainability in higher education – an integrated green model", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 41 No. 7, pp. 901-923. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJM-08-2019-0404

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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