Sustainability governance toward an organizational sustainability culture at German higher education institutions

Roos, Nicolas, Sassen, Remmer and Guenther, Edeltraud, (2023). Sustainability governance toward an organizational sustainability culture at German higher education institutions. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 24(3), 553-583

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    Author Roos, Nicolas
    Sassen, Remmer
    Guenther, Edeltraud
    Title Sustainability governance toward an organizational sustainability culture at German higher education institutions
    Appearing in International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
    Volume 24
    Issue No. 3
    Publication Date 2023-02-03
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
    Start page 553
    End page 583
    Language eng
    Abstract Purpose: Higher education institutions, as influential social institutions, play an important role in promoting social responsibility and sustainable practices. However, approaches to implementing sustainable development (SD) in higher education institutions (HEIs) themselves remain fuzzy. One way to achieve holistic embedding can lie in organizational culture. This study aims to examine ways by which internal sustainability governance can promote sustainability culture by using empirical data from German HEIs. / Design/methodology/approach: This study uses factor analysis to identify relevant governance indicators. With a regression analysis, this study assesses the indicators’ effects on organizational sustainability culture in HEIs. A moderator analysis tests potential determinants derived from literature and their influence on sustainability governance and sustainability culture. / Findings: Operationalizing formalized sustainability governance for holistic implementation reveals a gap in sustainability management at HEIs. This study proposes a model for operationalizing sustainability governance and shows an effect on sustainability culture at the formal organizational level. / Originality/value: Based on the operationalization of sustainability governance, this empirical study provides evidence for the development of a holistic approach along a sustainability culture in organizations. This paper proposes a model for operationalization, analyzes multiorganizational data and shows the effects of sustainability governance on formalized organizational sustainability culture. This paper provides a transorganizational perspective for implementing SD following a top-down approach.
    UNBIS Thesaurus GERMANY
    Keyword Germany
    Sustainability governance
    University
    Higher education institution
    Organizational sustainability culture
    Copyright Holder Emerald Publishing
    Copyright Year 2023
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 1467-6370
    DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSHE-09-2021-0396
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