Managerial conceptions of environmental responsibility

Ballantyne, R. and Gerber, R. (1994) Managerial conceptions of environmental responsibility. The Environmentalist, 14 1: 47-56. doi:10.1007/BF01902659

Author Ballantyne, R.
Gerber, R.
Title Managerial conceptions of environmental responsibility
Journal name The Environmentalist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2194-5403
Publication date 1994-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF01902659
Open Access Status
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 47
End page 56
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In order for business and industry to exercise environmental responsibility in their daily operations and practices, it is necessary for company personnel at all levels to be aware of and committed to the implementation of environmental policies. This study used a phenomenographic approach to explore different ways in which company executives understand and apply environmental responsibility in their managerial roles. Ten senior managers located in three large industrial companies were interviewed and encouraged to express their own interpretation of the phenomenon of environmental responsibility. Four distinct conceptions emerged from the data which differ according to the preferred methods of expressing environmental responsibility within a business setting and the perceived motivations underlying corporate environmental action.

Environmental responsibility may be conceived as: (1) an internal proactive undertaking by the company; (2) a reactive response to external community pressures; (3) a negotiated responsibility based on balance and compromise between competing demands; or (4) a collective responsibility involving cooperation amongst companies, government and the wider community. These findings provide a realistic perspective on the phenomenon of management behaviour towards the environment. They form the basis for development of education programmes which will assist managers to adopt and implement environmentally responsible practices within their companies. Further research to extend this knowledge base is recommended.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Journal now known as 'Environment Systems & Decisions'.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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