Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management
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Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management

Second Edition

Edited by Chris Brewster, Wolfgang Mayrhofer and Elaine Farndale

This second, updated and extended edition of the Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management draws on the work of many of the world’s leading researchers in the field to present the state of the art to scholars, students and practitioners. The Handbook provides a detailed focus on the theoretical underpinnings of Comparative HRM, on comparative studies of specific areas of HRM practice and on the unique features of HRM in all the main regions of the world.
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Chapter 19: Sustainable HRM: a comparative and international perspective

Ina Aust, Michael Muller-Camen and Erik Poutsma

Abstract

This chapter brings a comparative and institutional perspective to the emergent concept of Sustainable HRM, which links corporate social responsibility (CSR) and human resource management (HRM). Sustainable HRM is defined as the adoption of HRM strategies and practices that enable the achievement of financial, social, and ecological goals, with an impact inside and outside of the organisation and over a long-term time horizon while controlling for unintended side effects and negative feedback. The authors suggest that there may not be a universal version of sustainable HRM, but that different national institutional environments lead to the emergence of different models. Some of these are more conducive to develop sustainability in HRM, whereas others mean that it is more challenging for the HRM function to achieve environmental, social, and human sustainability.

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