Strategic HRM:transforming its responsibilities toward ecological sustainability - the greatest global challenge facing organizations

Parkes, Carole and Borland, Helen (2012). Strategic HRM:transforming its responsibilities toward ecological sustainability - the greatest global challenge facing organizations. Thunderbird International Business Review, 54 (6), pp. 811-824.

Abstract

If we are to move to a more sustainable world, all actorsÑincluding governments, organizations, communities, and individualsÑneed to play their part in committing to a shift in the way we live our lives. This conceptual article explores the challenges that face the human resource management (HRM) profession in moving to a strategic position that supports the requirements of the biophysical environment. We argue that this is becoming an imperative for the future survival and success of organizations large and small, and thus is likely to be a key "modus operandi" for HRM professionals in the future who are looking to embed ecological sustainability into their organizations. This article offers new insights into developing business strategies for ecological sustainability, highlighting the implications for strategic HRM activity through organizational effectiveness, leadership, values, and, ultimately, HRM processes and systems.

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