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Purpose Implementation: Conceptualization and Measurement

TECNUN-Escuela de Ingeniería, Universidad de Navarra, Manuel de Lardizábal 13, 20018 San Sebastian, Spain
Department of Business Administration, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, C/de la Immaculada 22, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editor: Andrea Appolloni
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 1921;
Received: 11 January 2021 / Revised: 5 February 2021 / Accepted: 6 February 2021 / Published: 10 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Management)
Understanding what drives effective purpose implementation is the key to making more sustainable organizations. Most studies on the subject of purpose focus on two of its dimensions: formulation (knowledge) and practical application (contribution). However, for it to be effectively implemented in the organization, purpose also involves motivating and exciting people. In this article, we propose a three-dimensional formative second-order construct of purpose implementation based on the knowledge, internalization and contribution of purpose. In this conceptualization of purpose, for effective purpose implementation to occur, its three dimensions must be implemented intensively and consistently in a balanced way. Two separate studies were combined to develop a validated scale for measuring the intensity of purpose implementation and for demonstrating that the more intensely and consistently purpose is implemented within a company, the greater its impact on organizational citizenship behaviors. View Full-Text
Keywords: corporate purpose; purpose implementation; scale validation; purpose-driven organization; sustainability corporate purpose; purpose implementation; scale validation; purpose-driven organization; sustainability
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Lleo, A.; Bastons, M.; Rey, C.; Ruiz-Perez, F. Purpose Implementation: Conceptualization and Measurement. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1921.

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Lleo A, Bastons M, Rey C, Ruiz-Perez F. Purpose Implementation: Conceptualization and Measurement. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):1921.

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Lleo, Alvaro, Miquel Bastons, Carlos Rey, and Fernando Ruiz-Perez. 2021. "Purpose Implementation: Conceptualization and Measurement" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 1921.

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