Context, Processes and People
Edited by Thomas Garavan, Alma McCarthy and Ronan Carbery
Chapter 8: Green IHRD, sustainability and environmental issues
This chapter highlights how competing ways of thinking about sustainability are reflected in organizational and IHRD practices. The chapter draws on IHRD and IHRM literature which has a critical focus on sustainability and learning. It examines the construct of green HRD, and draws out its key features. The chapter presents a conceptual framework, which identifies three orientations to green IHRD. These three orientations are examined, exploring how they could be reflected in different aspects of the practice of green IHRD, and provide pointers to developing green IHRD processes. The implications for IHRD research and practice are explored, and the chapter argues for a more critical approach to IHRD and sustainability, with an emphasis on innovative approaches to organizational learning.
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