Green human resource management: a comparative qualitative case study of a United States multinational corporation

Haddock-Millar, Julie and Sanyal, Chandana and Müller-Camen, Michael ORCID: (2015) Green human resource management: a comparative qualitative case study of a United States multinational corporation. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27 (2). pp. 192-211. ISSN 1466-4399

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This article explores the ways in which a multinational company approaches green human resource management (HRM) in its British, German and Swedish subsidiaries. The authors analyse the similarities and differences in Green HRM approaches in these three European subsidiaries of a US restaurant chain. This enables the comparison of Green HRM practices and behaviours, and considers the factors that influence the subsidiaries in this particular domain. Therefore, this research addresses the current lack of international comparative research in the field of Green HRM. The methodological approach is a multi-case study with 50 participants, using semi-structured interviews and focus groups. The results present evidence of proactive environmental management, reflected through a range of operational and people-centred initiatives across the three European countries. Although there is an overarching commitment to environmental sustainability, the positioning and alignment of the environment and HR function differ amongst the subsidiaries, as does the way in which the subsidiaries choose to engage the workforce in environmental sustainability. The study identified a number of factors that explain the differences in approaches including, amongst others, strategic and performance drivers and cultural dimensions, such as relationships with key stakeholders.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was supported by the British Academy under Grant number SG102124.
Keywords: environmental sustainability / human resource management / green human resource management / employee engagement / United Kingdom / Sweden / Germany
Divisions: Departments > Management > Personalmanagement
Kompetenzzentren > Sustainability Transf. & Responsibility
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Elena Simukovic
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 11:24
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2019 13:40
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