An Integrated Model of Employee Adoption

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New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, ISSN: 1550-333X, Vol: 19, Issue: 1, Page: 5

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Pizarro, Nelson
SME; sustainability; employee engagement; competitive advantage; Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics; Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
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Proactive firms recognize that environmental and social issues are sources of competitive advantages, but whatever the motivation, organizations face challenges when implementing sustainable practices. For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), sustainable practices have stemmed from multinational corporations (MNC), but SMEs cannot adopt sustainable practices from the knowledge and experiences of large corporations because the two entities differ critically. This study introduces an integrated model of employee adoption of sustainable practices in SMEs. It is based on five behaviors to select practical areas to which SMEs can make internal changes to achieve sustainable practices and the benefits gained from them. The theory of planned behavior is used to extend employee adoption of sustainable practices to SMEs.