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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (7): 1297-1306.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.01297

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Employees’ green behavior: Summarizing the concept and the theoretical explanation

PENG Jian1, HOU Nan2, PANG Yu3()   

  1. 1 School of Management, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China
    2 School of Business Administration, Northeast University, Shenyang 110169, China
    3 Business School of Hebei GEO University, Shijiazhuang 050031, China)
  • Received:2018-05-04 Online:2019-07-15 Published:2019-05-22
  • Contact: PANG Yu


Employees’ green behavior directly affects the effectiveness of the environmental protection of organizations, and is the key to promote the sustainable development of the organizations. Employees’ green behavior refers to a series of behaviors implemented by employees that aim at reducing the negative effect on the environment and contributing to environmental sustainability. First, provides an overview of the concept and structure of employees’ green behavior. Second, drawing on self-determination theory, affective events theory, planning behavior theory, social cognitive theory and social learning theory, explains antecedents of employees’ green behavior. Finally, demonstrates that future research can pay attention to the three major aspects of concept definition, research level, research perspective (balanced perspective, dynamic perspective) to further research.

Key words: green behavior, sustainable development, environmental management

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