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The determinants of environmental knowledge sharing behaviour among accounting educators: a modified theory of planned behaviour

Hafizah Abd-Mutalib (Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia)
Che Zuriana Muhammad Jamil (Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia)
Rapiah Mohamed (Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia)
Siti Norfatin Afiqah Ismail (Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia)

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 6 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore the determinants of environmental knowledge sharing behaviour among accounting educators through the lens of an extended theory of planned behaviour (TPB).

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 95 accounting educators responded to a questionnaire survey. The data comprising information on attitude, subjective norm, perceived behavioural control, possession of environmental knowledge and locus of control, as exogenous latent variables and intention to share and environmental knowledge sharing behaviour as endogenous latent variables, were analysed using the SmartPLS modelling technique. Besides the survey, interviews were conducted for triangulation purpose.

Findings

Except for subjective norm, all hypotheses are supported. The findings from the interviews reveal that environmental knowledge sharing activities have put educators in a peculiar position in terms of sharing environmental knowledge, as carrying out environmental activities has not been taken seriously and also seen as not the norm among the faculty members.

Research limitations/implications

This study focuses on accounting educators from five Malaysian public universities and deepens the understanding of their behaviour in sharing their environmental knowledge.

Practical implications

This study provides findings that can be useful for higher education institutions to strategize themselves in delivering environmental sustainability awareness in campus, which may enhance their efforts towards achieving sustainable development.

Social implications

This study provides findings that there is a need to inculcate environmental knowledge sharing among educators. Such knowledge sharing may generate good environmental norms, which may result in better environmental awareness.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to the literature by exploring the main determinants of accounting educators’ environmental knowledge sharing behaviour and extending the TPB by considering two additional variables.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) and Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) for supporting this study through Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS/1/2016/SS01/UUM/02/6).

Citation

Abd-Mutalib, H., Muhammad Jamil, C.Z., Mohamed, R. and Ismail, S.N.A. (2023), "The determinants of environmental knowledge sharing behaviour among accounting educators: a modified theory of planned behaviour", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-02-2022-0053

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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