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Lean and Green Management adoption in an Indonesian transportation company: Transformational leadership in an emerging economy context

Borau, Lennart (2022) Lean and Green Management adoption in an Indonesian transportation company: Transformational leadership in an emerging economy context.

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Abstract:To react to the ongoing climate change, the business sector of transportation and logistics, with currently high greenhouse gas emissions, needs to operate more sustainably. Transportation and logistics providers in emerging economies with expected growth rates, like Indonesia, must adopt measurements to cut their carbon dioxide emissions. A joint implementation of lean and green management and a following lean and green practice adoption by transportation company employees, play a crucial part to cut the companies’ emissions and be more economically efficient. Thereby, the type of leadership and leadership behaviors are related to employees’ intention to adopt lean and green practices. This study aims to explore the relation between leadership and employees’ practice adoption by examining 23 in-depth interviews with employees and leaders of an Indonesian transportation company by applying abductive reasoning. During the analysis, 26 code groups and seven overarching themes, which represent the lean and green adoption process in the examined company, emerged. These themes were ‘Contextual factors’, ‘Lean & green enablers’, ‘Lean & green leadership behaviors’, ‘Lean & green barriers’, ‘Employees’ views on lean & green’, ‘Lean & green adoption’, and ‘Effects of Lean & Green’. The decision of leadership served as a starting point for the company’s overall lean and green management adoption. The identified leadership type was transformational leadership, which influenced the employees’ lean and green practice adoption, especially enhancing their proactive behavior, and problem-solving abilities. Based on the findings, a conceptual model of lean and green management adoption was established. Practically, the study implies that a basic pathway for lean and green management adoption should be established and be continually revised by decision-makers in a company’s change management. Moreover, the study stressed the importance for target-oriented lean and green training and knowledge diffusion. Future research should further explore the type of transformational leadership, its underlying values, and its influence on lean and green adoption.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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