Linking green HRM practices to environmental performance through pro-environment behaviour in the information technology sector

Adedapo Oluwaseyi Ojo, Christine Nya Ling Tan, Mazni Alias

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Abstract

Purpose: Existing literature acknowledges the role of green human resource management (GHRM) in shaping employees’ pro-environmental behaviour and environmental performance. However, limited studies have investigated the specific impacts of GHRM practices on pro-environmental behaviour from the employees’ perspectives. This study aims to conceptualise GHRM practices as internal resources that can be used to stimulate employee pro-environmental information technology (IT) behaviour. Design/methodology/approach: The hypothesised relationships were tested with the aid of partial least square path modelling of data collected from 333 IT professionals in ISO 14001 companies in Malaysia. Findings: The results suggest that green training and development, performance management and empowerment and participation are essential in stimulating pro-environmental IT behaviour. Besides, the mediating effects of pro-environmental IT behaviour were significant for the impacts of green training and development, performance management and green empowerment and participation on environmental IT performance. Research limitations/implications: The results indicate that GHRM practices are significant predictors of environmental IT performance, but training and development could be counter-productive to performance unless it stimulates employees’ engagement in pro-environmental behaviour. Originality/value: This study contributes to the resource-based view of HRM by examining GHRM practices as organisational resources for stimulating employee pro-environmental IT behaviour to support environmental IT performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Responsibility Journal
Volume18
Issue number1
Early online date4 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

Funder

This study was funded by the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS FRGS/1/2016/SS03/MMU/03/1), Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia.

Keywords

  • Environmental performance
  • Green HRM
  • Green IT
  • Information technology
  • Pro-environmental behaviour
  • Sustainable environmental management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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