- New Perspectives in Research on Corporate Sustainability series
Edited by Rolf Wüstenhagen, Jost Hamschmidt, Sanjay Sharma and Mark Starik
Chapter 7: Enhancing Ecopreneurship through an Environmental Management System: A Longitudinal Analysis of Factors Leading to Proactive Employee Behaviour
7. Enhancing ecopreneurship through an environmental management system: a longitudinal analysis of factors leading to proactive employee behaviour Kerstin Pichel Ecopreneurship (Petersen, 2000) – individual environmental initiatives taken by employees – is an important basis for a company’s success in environmental performance (Kolluru, 1994; Ruiz-Quintanilla et al., 1996). But how can it be enhanced? Ecopreneurship is an extraordinary type of behaviour that derives not from an employee’s job description or the management’s requirements, but from personal engagement (Ramus and Steger, 2000). Therefore it cannot simply be demanded but must be encouraged. A range of contextual, individual and cultural factors can support it, including resources such as time and money (Hoﬀman, 2005: 36ﬀ.), qualiﬁcations (Bansal and Roth, 2000), environmental attitudes (Cordano and Frieze, 2000), self-eﬃcacy (Hostager et al., 1998), supervisory support (Ramus and Steger, 2000) and the proenvironmental commitment of managers and other key personalities (Hostager et al., 1998; Prakash, 2001). Can all these antecedents be allocated by a certain management system? In 1995, Europe saw the start of a boom in companies implementing an environmental management system (EMS), and scholars expected the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) to organize environmental policies, programmes and measures. Ecopreneurship was seen as an important byproduct (UNI and ASU, 1997: A34; Höppner et al., 1998: 74; Hamschmidt and Dyllick, 1999: 43). Executives of companies with EMS activities reported as follows (Liedtke et al., 1997: 43): Employees make more suggestions. They feel better...
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