Impact of institutional pressures on organizational citizenship behaviors for the environment: Evidence from megaprojects

Ge Wang, Qinghua He, Bo Xia, Xianhai Meng, Peng Wu

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A brisk building boom of megaprojects leads to a wide range of environmental problems, particularly in developing countries such as China. To prevent environmental problems effectively, megaprojects require proactive environmental initiatives that are based on individual, voluntary, and discretionary behaviors—also known as organizational citizenship behaviors for the environment (OCBEs). OCBEs (e.g., sharing knowledge to prevent pollution and making suggestions to minimize waste) play an important role in improving megaproject environmental performance. However, this line of research is still in its infancy and the institutional-psychological mechanism leading megaproject practitioners to engage in OCBEs is largely unexplored. To fill this gap, this paper presents an individual-level analysis that investigates how institutional pressures impact project practitioners’ OCBEs according to the survey data collected from China’s megaprojects. The results obtained by partial least squares analysis indicate that both mimetic and normative pressures have significant impacts on OCBEs; and such relationships are partially mediated by organizational support. Nevertheless, this paper did not find the evidence for a significant impact from coercive pressures. These findings provide a new insight into making use of institutional forces to stimulate the emergence of OCBEs, thereby improving the environmental performance in megaprojects.
Original languageEnglish
Article number04018028
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sep 2018


  • Megaprojects
  • Institutional pressures
  • Organizational citizenship behaviors for the environment

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