Exploring drivers of behavioral willingness to reduce plastic consumption and socially responsible consumption behavior: A stimulus–organism–behavior–consequence paradigm based environmental management perspective

Khalid Mehmood*, Fauzia Jabeen, Shilpa Iyanna, Hui Zhang, Patrice Piccardi, Nagendra Singh Nehra

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Abstract

This study examines the factors that drive behavioral willingness to reduce plastic consumption and socially responsible consumption behavior through the Stimulus–Organism–Behavior–Consequence (S-O-B-C) framework. The study involved 440 retail consumers from the United Arab Emirates, utilizing a four-wave time-lagged design. To investigate the hypotheses, the research employed structural equation modeling. The study results suggest that environmental consciousness and values are positively related to environmental knowledge and environmental self-identity. Furthermore, environmental knowledge and environmental self-identity are positively linked with the willingness to reduce plastic consumption, while socially responsible consumption behavior is positively associated with the willingness to reduce plastic consumption. Additionally, policy support positively moderated the connotation of environmental knowledge with behavioral willingness to reduce plastic consumption and socially responsible consumption behavior. The proposed S-O-B-C framework enriches the literature on plastic consumption to understand retail consumers' perspectives in an emerging country context. The findings provide insights that will help practitioners and academics understand consumers' plastic consumption intention and formulate strategies that will increase the involvement of consumers in plastic conservation activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalCorporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management
Early online date13 Feb 2024
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Feb 2024

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