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Beyond the psychology of self and individual's pro-environmental behaviours: exploring how technology innovations can help organisations achieve and promote sustainability

Adekunle Oke (Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK)

Technological Sustainability

ISSN: 2754-1312

Article publication date: 21 April 2022

Issue publication date: 10 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study proposes a new agenda for research and practice on pro-environmental behaviours in organisational settings by exploring the intersection between technology innovations and pro-environmental initiatives. The goal is to demonstrate the utility of digital technology in promoting and achieving sustainability by addressing the complexity and inconsistency in pro-environmental behaviours.

Design/methodology/approach

Using relevant literature on pro-environmental behaviours, this study explores the possibility of embedding technology innovations in pro-environmental initiatives to promote and enhance sustainability in organisational settings.

Findings

This study argues that the recent technological advancement and open innovation provide new insights into understanding and implementing pro-environmental initiatives in organisational settings. While pro-environmental behaviours studies have advanced over the past decades, this study shows that many pro-environmental activities do not require employees to change behaviour. According to this study, psychology and technology innovations offer various opportunities for businesses to effectively and pragmatically embed sustainability into their operations without necessarily changing employees' behaviour.

Research limitations/implications

This conceptual study offers opportunities to empirically explore the collaborative nexus between “psychology-based pro-environmental behaviour research and technology innovation”. Despite the plethora of studies on pro-environmental behaviours, results are mixed and inconclusive, raising questions about the dominant practice used for promoting pro-environmental initiatives and behaviours at the corporate level. This study, therefore, provides a new pathway for businesses to address their environmental aspects, demonstrating a pragmatic approach to resolving the complexity of pro-environmental behaviours.

Originality/value

This study allows social investigators, policymakers, and technology developers to re-assess, revive and further investigate how they can collaborate to address practical environmental and social issues.

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Acknowledgements

The author expresses gratitude to Professor Seonaidh McDonald for the unwavering support and suggestions towards the design and development of this article. The author also extends special thanks to Mrs Fatima Araujo Pereira Fernandes for the support and encouragement and is grateful to the editor, Dr Shahla Seifi, and the two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments and suggestions, which have greatly improved this article.

Declaration of competing interest: None.

Citation

Oke, A. (2023), "Beyond the psychology of self and individual's pro-environmental behaviours: exploring how technology innovations can help organisations achieve and promote sustainability", Technological Sustainability, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1108/TECHS-02-2022-0013

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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