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Environmental dynamism and sustainability: the mediating role of innovation, strategic flexibility and HR development

Dimitrios Kafetzopoulos (Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 13 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether environmental dynamism can drive firms to adopt sustainability, taking into consideration the mediating role of the innovation process, strategic flexibility and human resource development in this relationship.

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed framework is tested by confirmatory factor analysis and finally structural equation modeling (SEM) using the survey data from 513 Greek firms.

Findings

The results show that environmental dynamism drives firms to sustainability, but the introduction of innovation process, strategic flexibility and human resource development fully mediate the effect of this relationship.

Research limitations/implications

This study explores three organizational factors. In future research it would be very interesting to explore other topics that affect sustainability. Moreover, it might be useful for researchers to examine firms' digital capability and ambidextrous sustainability.

Practical implications

This study offers clear implications for managers, proving that innovation process, strategic flexibility and human resource development are critical factors in achieving sustainability.

Originality/value

This empirical study determines the contribution of environmental dynamism to sustainability taking into consideration the role of three critical organizational factors as mediators in this relationship.

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Citation

Kafetzopoulos, D. (2022), "Environmental dynamism and sustainability: the mediating role of innovation, strategic flexibility and HR development", Management Decision, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-06-2022-0759

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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