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The Effects of Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions on Pro-Environmental Behaviour: How Culture Influences Environmentally Conscious Behaviour

Szabolcs Nagy () and Csilla Konyha Molnárné ()
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Csilla Konyha Molnárné: University of Miskolc

Theory Methodology Practice (TMP), 2018, vol. 14, issue 01, 27-36

Abstract: The need for a more sustainable lifestyle is a key focus for several countries. Using a questionnaire survey conducted in Hungary, this paper examines how culture influences environmentally conscious behaviour. Having investigated the direct impact of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions on pro-environmental behaviour, we found that the culture of a country hardly affects actual environmentally conscious behaviour. The findings indicate that only individualism and power distance have a significant but weak negative impact on pro-environmental behaviour. Based on the findings, we can state that a positive change in culture is a necessary but not sufficient condition for making a country greener.

Keywords: pro-environmental behavior; culture; Hofstede (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M31 P27 Q01 Q50 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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