Linking organisational values and sustainability: the role of AMO practices

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Purpose – The aim of this study was to analyse the link between the values that govern the functioning of cooperatives and their sustainability. Furthermore, the authors propose that this relationship is mediated by AMO(ability, motivation and opportunity) practices, which generate different behaviours and attitudes in their employees, thus strengthening the message of sustainable management that the directors of this kind of companies aim to transmit. Design/methodology/approach – This article presents a theoretical and empirical research model about the relationship between organisational values, AMO practices and sustainability in social economy firms. The proposed model was tested using the multivariate method of partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) with a sample of 124 cooperative companies. The information was gathered through a questionnaire with questions composed of measurement scales that had been previously validated by the reference literature. Findings – This work empirically demonstrates that the perceived support, respect and responsibility values are strongly related to sustainability, and that ability and opportunity-enhancing practices mediate the association of perceived support and responsibility with the sustainability of cooperatives. Originality/value – This work contributes to covering the lack of studies about which values support and impact the sustainability of organisations, and it provides information about the mediating role of certainAMO practices in the search for a more sustainable organisation, demonstrating that some practices are more relevant than others.
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Identificador de proyecto: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovaci on, Proyectos de I+D+i (PID2020-112599GB-I00).
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Personnel Review Vol. 51 No. 6, 2022 pp. 1651-1671
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