Managerial Participation in Corporate Environmental Reforms

EPA Grant Number: U915735
Title: Managerial Participation in Corporate Environmental Reforms
Investigators: Fischhoff, Maya E.
Institution: University of Michigan
EPA Project Officer: Lee, Sonja
Project Period: September 1, 2000 through September 1, 2003
Project Amount: $101,264
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (2000) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Fellowship - Social Sciences , Academic Fellowships , Environmental Justice


The objectives of this research project are to: (1) identify forms of managerial participation in corporate environmental reforms; (2) study effects of such participation, specifically on (a) managerial support for corporate environmental reforms, (b) environmental reforms actually accomplished, (c) managers' job satisfaction, and (d) managers' environmental attitudes and behaviors outside the workplace; and (3) see how these insights can be practically applied within a corporation.


This research is a case study of middle manager participation in environmental reforms within one company. Through interviews, observation, and administration of scales, it contrasts the perspectives of the top managers who provide participation opportunities for middle managers and the middle managers who experience these opportunities. The first research phase will establish how top and middle managers see: (1) existing opportunities for middle managers to participate in environmental reforms; (2) the efficacy of different types of participation; and (3) the potential for improved opportunities for middle manager participation in environmental reforms. The second research phase will examine how this information can be used for effective change within the organization. In this phase, middle manager perceptions will be reported to top managers; the potential for improvements based on those middle manager perceptions will be discussed; and the process of implementing improvements will be followed.

Expected Results:

This research examines the ability of participation, a Human Resources approach shown in other contexts to increase job satisfaction and support for organizational change, to make the reciprocal relationship between managers and corporate environmental reforms a positive one.

Supplemental Keywords:

business, industry, sustainable development, environmentally conscious manufacturing, pollution prevention, clean technologies, social science, environmental psychology, corporate sustainability., RFA, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Scientific Discipline, Sustainable Industry/Business, Corporate Performance, Economics and Business, Social Science, environmental performance, policy making, sustainable development, corporate environmental policy, corporate compliance, corporate evironmental reform, environmental behavior, management participation

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2001
  • 2002
  • Final