Handbook of International Human Resource Development
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Handbook of International Human Resource Development

Context, Processes and People

Edited by Thomas Garavan, Alma McCarthy and Ronan Carbery

This Handbook draws on a global team of distinguished Human Resource Development and IHRD scholars to provide research and practice insights on a range of contemporary IHRD issues and challenges. The Handbook reviews a number of critical contextual dimensions that: shape the IHRD goals that organisations pursue; impact the IHRD systems, policies and practices that are implemented; and influence the types of IHRD research questions that are investigated. The Handbook examines the processes or actions taken by organisations to globalise IHRD practices and discusses important people development practices that come within the scope of IHRD.
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Chapter 8: Green IHRD, sustainability and environmental issues

Claire Valentin


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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