Exploring the impact of megaproject environmental responsibility on organizational citizenship behaviors for the environment: A social identity perspective

Ge Wang, Qinghua He*, Xianhai Meng, Giorgio Locatelli, Tao Yu, Xue Yan

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Abstract

The importance of organizational citizenship behaviors for the environment (OCBEs) has been clearly established in the environmental literature. However, the OCBEs construct has rarely been examined in the specific and increasingly important realm of megaproject environmental responsibility (MER). To fill this gap, this paper presents an individual-level analysis that explores the impact of project participants' perceptions of MER practices on their environmental commitment and OCBEs. The results show that project participants' perceptions of MER practices directed toward internal stakeholders (i.e., stakeholders linked by project contracts) are positively related to their OCBEs. This relationship is partially mediated by the environmental commitment of project participants. Conversely, project participants' perceptions of MER practices directed toward external stakeholders (i.e., the local community and general public) have only an insignificant impact on their OCBEs. These findings provide new insights for managing MER practices to stimulate the emergence of OCBEs and thereby improve environmental performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1402–1414
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Volume35
Issue number7
Early online date15 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Megaproject
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Organizational citizenship behaviors for the environment
  • Environmental commitment
  • Social identity theory

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