Sustainability and Human Resource Management

Developing Sustainable Business Organizations

  • Ina Ehnert
  • Wes Harry
  • Klaus J. Zink

Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction into Sustainability and HRM

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ina Ehnert, Wes Harry, Klaus J. Zink
      Pages 3-32
  3. The Role of HRM in Developing Economically, Socially and Ecologically Sustainable Organisations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Mari Kira, Svante Lifvergren
      Pages 57-81
    3. Guido Becke
      Pages 83-103
    4. Regina Osranek, Klaus J. Zink
      Pages 105-126
    5. Nathalie Hirsig, Nikolai Rogovsky, Michael Elkin
      Pages 127-152
  4. The Role of HRM in Developing Sustainable HRM Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Sugumar Mariappanadar
      Pages 181-203
    3. Marco Guerci, Abraham B. (Rami) Shani, Luca Solari
      Pages 205-223
    4. Paul J. Gollan, Ying Xu
      Pages 225-245
  5. Sustainability and HRM in Different Areas of the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Sully Taylor, Caroline Lewis
      Pages 297-314
    3. Philippe Debroux
      Pages 315-337
    4. Ina Ehnert, Wes Harry, Chris J. Brewster
      Pages 339-357
    5. Gina Pipoli, Rosa María Fuchs, María Angela Prialé
      Pages 359-377
    6. Christine Hobelsberger
      Pages 379-400
  6. Conclusions and Prospects for Sustainability and HRM

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 421-421
    2. Ina Ehnert, Wes Harry, Klaus J. Zink
      Pages 423-442

About this book


The role of HRM in developing sustainable business organizations is increasingly attracting attention. Sustainability can be used as a principle for HRM itself and the tasks of Sustainable HRM are twofold. On the one hand it fosters the conditions for individual employee sustainability and develops the ability of HRM systems to continuously attract, regenerate and develop motivated and engaged employees by making the HRM system itself sustainable. On the other hand Sustainable HRM contributes to the sustainability of the business organizations through cooperation with the top management, key stakeholders and NGOs and by realising economic, ecological, social and human sustainability goals. This book provides a comprehensive review of the new area of Sustainable HRM and of research from different disciplines like sustainable work systems, ergonomics, HRM, linking sustainability and HRM. It brings together the views of academics and practitioners and provides many ideas for conceptual development, empirical exploration and practical implementation. This publication intends to advance the international academic and practice-based debates on the potential of sustainability for HRM and vice versa. In 19 chapters, 26 authors from five continents explore the role of HRM in developing economically, socially and ecologically sustainable organizations, the concept of Sustainable HRM and the role of HRM in developing Sustainable HRM systems and how sustainability and HRM are conceptualized and perceived in different areas of the world.  


Corporate Social Responsibility Cultures Ergonomics Human Resource Management Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Ina Ehnert
    • 1
  • Wes Harry
    • 2
  • Klaus J. Zink
    • 3
  1. 1., Louvain School of ManagementUniversité Catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium
  2. 2., Cass Business SchoolUniversity of ChesterPrinces RisboroughUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.University of KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

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