BARRIERS AND BREAKTHROUGHS. The Interplay of Organizational Structure and Sustainability Culture on Sustainable Innovative Work Behavior

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2020-04-23
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The Dutch government has made creating a functioning circular economy by 2050 an important goal to reach. In order to do so, many industries are being called to make improvements. However, in order to make such improvements, innovation is needed. So this requires, in theory, a decent level of sustainable innovative work behavior. In this study, the relationships between organizational structure, sustainability culture, and sustainable innovative work behavior are analyzed within the Dutch high-voltage energy company TenneT. Under a post-positivist paradigm, a qualitative research method, and some interviews, the influence of these variables was determined. The results show that sustainability culture and departmentalization have the largest effect on sustainable innovative work behavior. It is then argued that there are several opportunities for TenneT to further develop and foster their employees’ sustainable innovative work behavior, which could have significant impact on the realization of a functioning circular economy by 2050. Key words: Innovative Work Behavior, Sustainability, Organizational Structure, Culture, Absorptive Capacity, Social Ties
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Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen