The Role of Middle Management in the Implementation of Sustainability Strategies
34 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2017
Date Written: January 20, 2017
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.
Keywords: Sustainability, strategy implementation, middle management
JEL Classification: M41, Q56
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