1st Edition

Contemporary Developments in Green Human Resource Management Research Towards Sustainability in Action?

Edited By Douglas W.S. Renwick Copyright 2018
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines a new topic in Human Resource Management (HRM), green – or environmental – HRM, analysing the role humans play in environmental management at work and environmental behaviours at workplaces around the world.

    The book begins with a focus on negative workplace green behaviours (e.g. toxic chemical leaks, air pollution, contaminated waste etc.), and what such environmental problems mean for workers, managers and society as a whole.

    This book outlines relevant, underpinning academic theory and research literature on how HRM is ‘going green’, and details real-life organisational examples derived from original and secondary empirical research to illuminate the implications of adopting Green HRM practices for relevant stakeholders. In doing so, the book offers a new, academic contribution to both the HRM and environmental management literatures.


    Susan E. Jackson

    1. Introduction: Towards an understanding of Green Human Resource Management
        Douglas W.S. Renwick

    PART I: Internal and external organisational GHRM initiatives

    2. Motivation and GHRM: overcoming the paradox
        Kerrie L. Unsworth and Amy Tian
    3. Employee engagement in managing environmental performance: a case study of the Planet Champion initiative,     McDonald's UK and Sweden
        Chandana Sanyal and Julie Haddock-Millar
    4. A case study of Mater Misericordiae Limited
        Sally V. Russell and Christopher Hill
    5. Enabling green spillover: how firms can benefit from employees' private green activism
        Susanna Blazejewski, Anja Gräf, Anke Buhl and Franziska Dittmer

    PART II: Contextualising GHRM - from GHRM to sustainability? 

    6. Employee control, ethics and politics - GHRM in context
        Luca Carollo and Marco Guerci
    7. Competing paradigms: status-quo and alternative approaches in HRM
        Brian Matthews, Lisa Obereder, Ina Aust (was Ehnert) and Michael Müller-Camen
    8. Implementing sustainable HRM: the new challenge of corporate sustainability
        Cathy Xu, Paul J. Gollan and Adrian Wilkinson
    9. Future directions of Green HRM: redefining Human Resource Management to humans really matter
        Ante Glavas
    10. From Green HRM towards workforce sustainability? 
        Douglas W.S. Renwick


    Douglas W.S. Renwick is Associate Professor in Sustainable Workforce Management at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK, and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Human Resource Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria.

    "In the age of runaway global warming and widespread environmental destruction, it is vital that firms devote much more attention to green issues.  This includes to take account of the latter across all the functional areas of management including HRM. This book consolidates and extends the most recent thinking on green HRM. It is an interesting, and above all, important volume, that deserves the attention of both the HR scholarly community and the world of practice."- Geoffrey Wood, Dean of Essex Business School, Professor of International Business, University of Essex, UK

    "This book provides a must-read, systematic exposition of a timely topic changing research directions in HRM. Using the latest theory and convincing evidence, it gives useful concepts, trends and examples for stakeholders to learn from. For Latin Americans, it illuminates the boundaries around which green HR may advance organizational sustainability."- Charbel J. C. Jabbour, Associate Professor, Montpellier Business School, France

    "This is a well-catered edition with several valuable contributions that provide useful insights into the emerging field of green human resource management."- Marcus Wagner, Professor and Chair of Management, Innovation and International Business, Augsburg University, Germany

    "This book is essential for researchers and practitioners who wish to digest a comprehensive understanding on the role of human resource management in greening individuals, organizations, and our society."- Andrea Kim, Assistant Professor, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

     "This pioneering book includes astute analysis by leading thinkers on vital topics, including: sustainability, environmental issues and the future of HRM. It is welcome and timely."-- Greg J. Bamber, Professor, Monash University, Australia/Newcastle University, UK

    "This book presents remarkable content in Green HRM offering great breadth and depth of research findings. It explores novel concepts and theories to provide a precise, new research resource forward. I highly recommend this volume, as it represents a thorough, rich and important advance to this emerging field."- Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour, Associate Professor in Strategic Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain, Montpellier Business School, France

    "Douglas Renwick has provided the most comprehensive book for [the] understanding of Green Human Resource Management that has ever been published. It explores this important phenomenon in a scholarly and practical way and is an important addition to the existing knowledge. This book is a must-read for all academics working in the field as well as for senior executives and HR professionals in the industry."-- Shlomo Tarba, Head of Department of Strategy & International Business, The University of Birmingham, UK