The Role of Middle Management in the Implementation of Sustainability Strategies

Posch, Arthur; Speckbacher, Gerhard (2017). The Role of Middle Management in the Implementation of Sustainability Strategies (Unpublished) Wien: Vienna University of Economics and Business 10.2139/ssrn.2902552

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This paper aims at contributing to a better understanding of the role of middle management in implementing sustainability strategies. We propose three main levers for the substantive implementation of sustainability strategies: virtues- and values-based staffing procedures for middle managers, their cultural alignment with corporate strategy, and a “middle-up-down role” for middle managers in performance measurement. Moreover, we argue that secondary stakeholder pressure impedes cultural alignment and thus such pressure generates a tradeoff to be managed. Our hypotheses are tested using survey data from 134 large companies.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute for Accounting and Controlling > Institute for Accounting and Controlling, Managerial Accounting

UniBE Contributor:

Posch, Arthur

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Publisher:

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lynn Carole Selhofer

Date Deposited:

15 Jul 2019 16:12

Last Modified:

15 Jul 2019 16:19

Publisher DOI:

10.2139/ssrn.2902552

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.128457

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/128457

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