How Can HR Drive Growth?

How Can HR Drive Growth?

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by George Saridakis and Cary L. Cooper

The ten up-to date research reviews that are presented in this book provide new insights into the HR academic literature. The chapters provide clear lessons that can be learnt from, along with strategies, approaches and processes in which HR could be used by both practitioners and policy makers to drive growth.

Chapter 1: Editorial introduction

George Saridakis and Cary Cooper

Subjects: business and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour, strategic management


In a dynamic working and economic environment characterized by globalization, deregulation of markets and financial engineering, increasing product-market competition, sectoral shifts, free trade in goods and services, labour mobility and free movement of capital, the role of human resources (HR) in leading and delivering sustainable national and regional growth and improving individuals’ well-being is becoming increasingly important. Governments, decision-makers and public and private firms of different sizes and management ownership are called to respond by putting skills, knowledge and capabilities into action and to learn by innovating and adapting to economic, technological, social and environmental challenges, and to external forces and downturns. Through HR there could be enhanced role empowerment and employee relations, entrepreneurial ability and job creation, strengthened competitive advantage, promotion of equal opportunities in employment and production of better matches between jobs and workers, encouragement of rural development and investment, the upgrade of infrastructure and networking, the ensuring of social, cultural and professional integration of minorities, and the support of strategies and policies on safety, health and behaviour (see, for example, Lado and Wilson, 1994; Ichniowski et al., 1997; Guest,2002; Handel, 2003; Barling et al., 2003; Chadwick et al., 2004; Gardner et al. 2005; Hayton, 2005; Saridakis et al., 2008; Chadwick and Dabu, 2009; Storey et al., 2010).