The Collective Dynamics of Smoking in a Large Social Network

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Christakis, N. A., & Fowler, J. H. (2008). The Collective Dynamics of Smoking in a Large Social Network. New England Journal of Medicine, 358(21) 2249-2258.
Background: The prevalence of smoking has decreased substantially in the United States over the past 30 years. We examined the extent of the person-to-person spread of smoking beh…

Effective Dissemination of Energy-Related Information: Applying Social Psychology and Evaluation Research

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Dennis, M., Soderstrom, E.J., Koncinski, W.S., Cavanaugh, B. (1990). Effective Dissemination of Energy-Related Information: Applying Social Psychology and Evaluation Research. American Psychologist, 45(10), 1109.
Discusses the limitations of previous energy conservation programs in affecting the behavior of individual consumers. Suggests that the rational-economic model upon which they wer…

Diffusion of Energy-Conserving Innovations

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Darley, J., & Beniger, J. (1981). Diffusion of Energy-Conserving Innovations. Journal of Social Issues, 37(2), 150.
Suggests that people's decisions to adopt energy-conserving processes and products is a specific instance of the decision to adopt an innovation. Discusses diffusion processes and…

Leadership in the North American Environmental Sector: Values, Leadership Styles, and Contexts of Environmental Leaders and their Organizations

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Egri, Carolyn P.; Herman, Susan (2000). "Leadership in the North American environmental sector: Values, leadership styles, and contexts of environmental leaders and their organizations.". Academy of Management Journal, 43, 4, 571-604.
Examined (1) the nature and strength of environmental leaders' personal and environmental values as motivating principles for transforming leadership behavior, (2) whether leaders…

Opinion Leadership in Green Consumption: An Exploratory Study

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Flynn, L. R., & Goldsmith, E. (1994). Opinion leadership in green consumption: An exploratory study. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 9, 3, 543-553.
Explored how interpersonal communication functions in the domain of green consumption. Data were collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire to 99 women (aged 20-74 yr…

The Effect of Commitment on Adoption and Diffusion of Grass Cycling. Special Issue: Litter Control and Recycling

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Cobern, M. K., Porter, B.E., Leeming, F.C., & Dwyer, W.O. (1995). The effect of commitment on adoption and diffusion of grass cycling. Special Issue: Litter control and recycling. Environment and Behavior, 27, 2, 213-232.
Tested the effects of 2 levels of commitment to grass cycling (GC; i.e., not bagging grass clippings). During 4 wks of baseline, data were collected for all houses in 3 homogenous…

The Strength of Weak and Strong Communication Ties in a Community Information Program

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Weenig, M. W. H. (1993). The strength of weak and strong communication ties in a community information program. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 23, 20, 1712-1731.
Conducted a study in 2 lower-class Dutch neighborhoods to show that it is predominantly through weak ties (external sources) that information will be brought into a clique and tha…

Factors Influencing Household Recycling Behavior

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Oskamp, S., Harrington, M. J., Edwards, T. C., Sherwood, D. L., Okuda, S. M., & Swanson, D. C. (1991). Factors influencing household recycling behavior. Environment and Behavior, 23, 4, 494-519.
Conducted telephone interviews to study the recycling behavior, attitudes, and knowledge of 221 adults in a suburban city that had begun a citywide curbside recycling program with…

Diffusion of Energy-Conserving Innovations

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Darley, J. M., & Beniger, J. R. (1981). Diffusion of energy-conserving innovations. Journal of Social Issues, 37, 2, 150-171.
Suggests that people's decisions to adopt energy-conserving processes and products is a specific instance of the decision to adopt an innovation. Based on previous research, 8 dim…

Effects of Complaining Versus Negative Word of Mouth on Subsequent Changes in Satisfaction: The Role of Public Commitment

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Nyer, P., & Gopinath, M. (2005). Effects of complaining versus negative word of mouth on subsequent changes in satisfaction: The role of public commitment. Psychology and Marketing, 22(12), 937-953.
This research reviews the motivation for voice behavior by dissatisfied consumers and demonstrates that facilitating complaining behavior results in reduced levels of negative wor…

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