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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02612

Linking empowering leadership and organizational citizenship behavior toward environment: the role of psychological ownership and future time perspective

  • 1College of Economics and Management, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
  • 2School of Management, Wuhan University of Technology, China

Organizations are confronted with increasing social responsibility to contribute to the environmental sustainability. Employee organizational citizenship behavior toward environment is considered essential to organizational environment performance. Drawing upon theory of psychological ownership, the study investigated the effect of empowering leadership on employee organizational citizenship behavior toward environment by a sample of 374 employees in China. By using bootstrapping technique in SPSS 25 to test our proposed moderated mediation model, results demonstrated a positive relationship between empowering leadership and organizational citizenship behavior toward environment through the mechanism of employee psychological ownership. Further, we found that the indirect effect is stronger when employees hold high rather than low future time perspective. The theoretical implications for sustainability literature and practical implications for organizations striving for environmental sustainability are discussed.

Keywords: organizational citizenship behavior toward environment, Empowering leadership, psychological ownership, future time perspective, moderated mediation model

Received: 25 Jul 2019; Accepted: 05 Nov 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Jiang and Li. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Mingze Li, School of Management, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, 430070, Hubei Province, China, mingze@whut.edu.cn