Can Business-Oriented Managers Be Effective Leaders for Corporate Sustainability?:A Study of Integrative and Instrumental Logics

Joseph, J., Orlitzky, M., Gurd, B., Borland, Helen M and Lindgreen, A. (2018). Can Business-Oriented Managers Be Effective Leaders for Corporate Sustainability?:A Study of Integrative and Instrumental Logics. Business Strategy and the Environment ,


This qualitative study investigates whether the views of managers need to be congruent with the corporate sustainability (CS) logics—either integrative or instrumental—of their employing organization. We assessed the CS performance of 25 organizations within the Australian forestry and wood products industry and analyzed the CS orientations of 32 senior managers within these companies to explore whether their individual CS views are consistent with organizational CS logics. The findings indicate that, in general, better performing organizations are led by managers that hold the integrative view, while poorer performing organizations are more likely to have managers with an instrumental view of CS. Nonetheless, there were noteworthy exceptions to this conclusion. The findings indicate that, under certain industry conditions, managers who hold an instrumental view may be able to generate ecological and social organizational outcomes that are at least equal to those produced by integrative managers.

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Divisions: Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
Aston Business School
Additional Information: Copyright © 2018 by John Wiley & Sons. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Joseph J, Orlitzky M, Gurd B, Borland H, Lindgreen A. Can business‐oriented managers be effective leaders for corporate sustainability? A study of integrative and instrumental logics. Bus Strat Env. 2018;1–14., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: corporate sustainability; environmental management; integrative view; instrumental view; leadership; sustainable development
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Related URLs: https://onlinel ... 0.1002/bse.2238 (Publisher URL)
Accepted Date: 2018-08-18
Published Online Date: 2018-09-25
Authors: Joseph, J.
Orlitzky, M.
Gurd, B.
Borland, Helen M ( 0000-0002-8664-0302)
Lindgreen, A.



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