Title

Beyond business as usual: how (and why) the habit discontinuity hypothesis can inform SME engagement in environmental sustainability practices

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Place of Publication

United Kingdom

School

School of Buisness and Law

RAS ID

23209

Comments

Originally published as: Redmond, J., Wolfram Cox, J., Curtis, JJ., Kirk-Brown, A., & Walker B. (2016). Beyond business as usual: how (and why) the habit discontinuity hypothesis can inform SME engagement in environmental sustainability practices. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 23(4), 426-442. Available here.

Abstract

A lack of small and medium enterprise (SME) engagement in environmental practices has caused stakeholders to advocate several different approaches to encourage organisational change. While program investment and research has been dedicated to developing and implementing external drivers, at least two internal factors have not been given sufficient research attention when it comes to the uptake of environmental initiatives among SMEs. These are: the strength of embedded habits and routines, and whether or not a business is indeed ready to embrace change. We take these factors into account and show how a habit discontinuity approach with an emphasis on timing may foster greater engagement and uptake of environmental initiatives among SMEs. Alternatives and limitations are considered and a conceptual framework is introduced to guide research and future interventions. © 2016 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.

DOI

10.1080/14486563.2016.1188424

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Not open access

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