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The role of organizational climate in socially embedding construction firms’sustainability goals

Phua, F. T. T. ORCID: (2018) The role of organizational climate in socially embedding construction firms’sustainability goals. Construction Management and Economics, 36 (7). pp. 409-421. ISSN 0144-6193

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2018.1424348


Despite the growing interest in sustainability research, little scholarly attention, both conceptual and empirical, has been given to assessing the individual-level behavioural issues that affect sustainability outcomes. Still less research is undertaken to examine the mechanisms by which construction firms enable their sustainability goals to be socially embedded within their organizations to shape the behaviour and attitudes of employees. In an attempt to fill this gap, this paper draws from the extensive literature on organizational climate perspective to explain how organizational-level characteristics and processes can result in a strong, conducive climate that fosters shared perceptions and guide behaviours that are fundamental to the attainment of sustainability goals in organizations. From the critical review of this literature, this paper offers three research propositions and avenues in which they could be tested. The paper concludes with a broadened discussion of the theoretical and practical implications this framework has on advancing the sustainability discourse within CM discipline beyond the current largely technical, policy and institutional foci.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Organisation, People and Technology group
ID Code:74870
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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