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How Responsible Leadership Motivates Employees to Engage in Organizational Citizenship Behavior for the Environment: A Double-Mediation Model

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  • Zhiyong Han

    (Business School, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
    School of Business Administration, Anhui University of Finance and Economics, Bengbu 233030, China)

  • Qun Wang

    (Business School, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
    Jiangsu Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center of World Water Valley and Water Ecological Civilization, Nanjing 211100, China)

  • Xiang Yan

    (Business School, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
    Business School, Yancheng Teachers University, Yancheng 224007, China)

Abstract

By collecting and analyzing sample from 384 employees in China, this study explored relationship between responsible leadership and organization citizenship behavior for the environment (OCBE) with structural equation model (SEM). The results are as follows: (1) responsible leadership is positively related to organization citizenship behavior for the environment. (2) responsible leadership has positive effects on both autonomous and external environmental motivation. (3) autonomous and external environmental motivation have a multiple-mediate role in the relationship between responsible leadership and organization citizenship behavior for the environment. Finally, this paper discusses the management implications of the research results and the future research direction.

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  • Zhiyong Han & Qun Wang & Xiang Yan, 2019. "How Responsible Leadership Motivates Employees to Engage in Organizational Citizenship Behavior for the Environment: A Double-Mediation Model," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 11(3), pages 1-13, January.
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