Demonstrating that Think in the Next affects real-world management issues, Magali Delmas, professor of management at UCLA Anderson and the UCLA Institute of the Environment, and her collaborator, University Paris-Dauphine’s Sanja Pekovic, have won the 2013 inaugural Research Impact on Practice Award. The award, presented by Ontario-based Network for Business Sustainability at Western University’s Ivey Business School and the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management, recognizes the researchers’ work on environmental management systems.
It turns out, companies that adopt environmental systems have a 16 percent higher labor productivity rating than firms that don’t.
"Adopting green practices isn't just good for the environment," Delmas told UCLA Newsroom. "It's good for your employees and it's good for your bottom line. Employees in such green firms are more motivated, receive more training, and benefit from better interpersonal relationships. The employees at green companies are therefore more productive than employees in more conventional firms."
The study, based on a survey of 5220 French firms, was published September 10, 2012 in the online version and the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Organizational Behavior.