Sustainable HRM in the context of global uncertainty

its value for MNCs and impact on the global manager?

Jane Maley, Robin Kramar

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution


The aim of this conceptual paper is to examine how a Sustainable approach to human resource management (HRM) can assist MNCs during periods of global uncertainty? Our findings show how Sustainable HRM strategy may wield significant benefits during periods of global uncertainty. A practical framework is developed using a combination of dynamic capabilities, absorptive capacity and real options theories. This framework exposes innovative opportunities in global uncertainty that involve firm capability enhancement through Sustainable HRM. Such an exercise will protect and perhaps enhance firm capabilities, whilst, at the same time focusing on profit-maximisation. This paper adds to the body of knowledge of international HRM research by illuminating the advantages of a Sustainable HRM approach in an uncertain economic environment. It also paves the way for future research in this important area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEURAM 2015
Subtitle of host publication15th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9878389437600
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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