Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Management

Title

The effects of employee training on the relationship between environmental attitude and firms' performance in sustainable development

Language

English

Abstract

Should employee training influence firms' performance in sustainable development? Based on research, we predict both direct and moderating effects of employee training on the performance. Assuming the institutional demands in modern societies for environmental protection, we hypothesize that employee training consistent with the demands should have a direct and positive effect on firms' performance in sustainable development. In addition, we also hypothesize that employee training should moderate positively the relationship between a firm's environmental attitude and its performance in sustainable development. Testing our hypotheses among manufacturing firms in both South and North China, we obtain empirical evidence supporting the relationship between a firm's environment attitude and its performance in sustainable development. Moreover, our data show that this relationship can be better understood by taking into account such human resource management practice as employee training. With better employee training, a firm's correct environmental attitude should be more likely to help improve its performance in sustainable development. Moreover, our data also suggest that employee training may also have a positive direct effect on firms' performance in sustainable development. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Keywords

attitude, employees, firm performance and sustainable development, the environment, training

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Volume

23

Issue

14

Start Page

2995

End Page

3008

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

DOI

10.1080/09585192.2011.637072

ISSN (print)

09585192

ISSN (electronic)

14664399

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