Examining the influence of employee engagement in supporting the implementation of green supply chain management practices; A green human resource management perspective

Stephanie Graham, Trevor Cadden, Raymond Treacy

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Abstract

How implementation of environmental practices is supported by employee engagement remains underexplored in the literature. Based on the natural resource-based view (NRBV), this study examines the role of employee engagement in supporting successful implementation of green supply chain management (GSCM) practices. Specifically, we theorise and test the mediating role of employee engagement on the relationship between GSCM practices and environmental performance. Survey data from 394 manufacturing firms were used to test the model and hypotheses. Our findings show that employee engagement plays an important role in supporting the implementation of most GSCM practices. Non-significant results in relation to eco-design practices suggest that employee engagement is not as important for supporting product design based GSCM practices. Our study provides insights for managers and scholars seeking to address important questions around ‘how’ GSCM practices can be implemented effectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4750-4766
Number of pages17
JournalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Volume32
Issue number7
Early online date15 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 15 Feb 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a British Academy research grant (SG153227).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Authors. Business Strategy and The Environment published by ERP Environment and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Keywords

  • GSCM practices
  • Employee Engagement
  • Green human resource management
  • environmental performance
  • NRBV
  • employee engagement

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