Subcultures and sustainability practices: The impact on understanding corporate sustainability

Martina K. Linnenluecke*, Sally V. Russell, Andrew Griffiths

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In this paper we present findings of how employees from a single organization understand corporate sustainability. Responses from 255 survey participants indicate (1) that differences exist in how employees understand corporate sustainability and (2) that these differences can be partially explained by the presence of organizational subcultures and by differences in employee awareness of the organization's sustainability practices. In particular, findings reveal that employees from a subculture with a stronger emphasis on hierarchical and bureaucratic values emphasize an economic understanding of corporate sustainability. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-452
Number of pages21
JournalBusiness Strategy and the Environment
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • corporate sustainability
  • subcultures
  • sustainability practices
  • understandings


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