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Linking Sustainability-Driven Factors and Online Knowledge Sharing in Business: A PLS-SEM Analysis

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  • Florina Pînzaru

    (Faculty of Management, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, 102104 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Paul Dobrescu

    (Faculty of Communication and Public Relations, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, 102104 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Alexandra Vițelar

    (Faculty of Management, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, 102104 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Ion Moldoveanu

    (Faculty of Management, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, 102104 Bucharest, Romania)

  • Adina Săniuță

    (Faculty of Management, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, 102104 Bucharest, Romania)

Abstract

Over time, the concept of sustainable development may transform into a business practice that mandates organizations to contemplate the interconnectedness between economic, social, and environmental factors. For organizations to grow in a competitive market, they should adopt cohesive policies founded on reliable sustainability strategies and combine this with efficient knowledge sharing. This approach supports an organization’s growth and enhances its social reputation. That is, these elements may be considered important for an organization’s growth in a competitive market. Building upon this context, we used structural equation modeling (SEM) to examine the structural correlations between organizational sustainability policies, supplier sustainability, online knowledge sharing, and external factors that encourage sustainable practices. This study’s originality and novelty lie in its proposal of a conceptual model that connects all these factors within a coherent framework, thus extending the existing literature on this topic. Our results confirm that external factors have a positive relationship with sustainability policies and that sustainability policies positively impact supplier sustainability and online knowledge sharing. We emphasize the importance of considering internal and external factors when implementing sustainable procedures and the need for authentic communication with stakeholders to integrate sustainable practices successfully. The findings can assist managers in comprehending the factors that impact a company’s sustainability strategies and in adapting policies to address environmental and social concerns.

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  • Florina Pînzaru & Paul Dobrescu & Alexandra Vițelar & Ion Moldoveanu & Adina Săniuță, 2023. "Linking Sustainability-Driven Factors and Online Knowledge Sharing in Business: A PLS-SEM Analysis," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 15(8), pages 1-18, April.
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