Organizational Configurations for Sustainability and Employee Productivity: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis Approach

Business & Society, Forthcoming

21 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2017

See all articles by Magali A. Delmas

Magali A. Delmas

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Sanja Pekovic

Université Paris - Dauphine

Date Written: April 14, 2017

Abstract

We propose a model that identifies the configurations of relations between environmental practices and other management practices that can improve employee performance, measured as labor productivity. To test our model, we use the qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) methodology, which allows us to demonstrate empirically how different configurations of management practices, including environmental practices, quality management systems, teamwork, and interorganizational relations, contribute to work systems in ways that increase labor productivity. Our results, based on data from 4,975 employees from 1,866 firms, show that environmental practices are associated with higher labor productivity only when they are combined with other management practices.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility, green practices, human resources, labor productivity, qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), quality management, training

JEL Classification: L2, L25, M12, M14, M53, M54

Suggested Citation

Delmas, Magali A. and Pekovic, Sanja, Organizational Configurations for Sustainability and Employee Productivity: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis Approach (April 14, 2017). Business & Society, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2952995

Magali A. Delmas (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) ( email )

405 Hilgard Avenue
Box 951361
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States

Sanja Pekovic

Université Paris - Dauphine ( email )

223 Rue Saint-Honore
Paris, 75775
France

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