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Management Styles and Decision-Making: Pro-Ecological Strategy Approach


  • Adam Sulich

    (Department of Advanced Research in Management, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, 53-345 Wroclaw, Poland)

  • Letycja Sołoducho-Pelc

    (Strategic Management Department, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, 53-345 Wroclaw, Poland)

  • Marcos Ferasso

    (Applied Social Sciences Department, Community University of Chapeco Region, Chapeco 89809-900, SC, Brazil)


Management style and decision-making create an organization’s culture and influence its performance also in the pro-ecological dimension. Therefore, this paper’s originality lies in how it explores the effect of management style to inform our understanding of decision-making when using a sustainable approach. However, the cause-and-effect relations between decisions and management style remain vastly unexplored. The paper’s aim is to explore whether the management style serves as a basis for decision-making or if it is an effect of decisions. This research addresses a research question: is the management style a basis for decision-making or an effect of the decisions in a pro-ecological context? We used a comprehensive literature review by using inductive and deductive approaches to analyze the relations between decision-making and management style. The paper also illustrates how organizational culture images can inform accounts of business realities influencing organizations’ green strategies. The analogies followed relations between color symbol and guiding metaphor. The article presents a theoretical discussion on the influence of management style on decision-making in the organization, based on original literature research in pro-ecological strategy related decisions. As a result, a decision-making style model is proposed. This nonorthodox approach might open up new avenues of thought in the field of decision-making, management styles, and pro-ecological strategy. Theoretical and managerial implications and directions for future research are also addressed.

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  • Adam Sulich & Letycja Sołoducho-Pelc & Marcos Ferasso, 2021. "Management Styles and Decision-Making: Pro-Ecological Strategy Approach," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 13(4), pages 1-18, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:13:y:2021:i:4:p:1604-:d:492228

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