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Human Resource Management Approaches

Bratton, Andrew; Bratton, John


John Bratton


Jennifer L. Robertson

Julian Barling


This chapter contributes to the debate on corporate sustainability by outlining the role of human resource management (HRM). It focuses on the quest for corporate environmental performance in the context of the contested employment relationship, acknowledging that workplace actions and their consequences are socially embedded. The chapter covers a wide range of theories and research on the sociology and psychology of organizational sustainability. It begins with a brief historical overview of HRM and provides an original definition of a low-carbon work system (LCWS) before discussing a theoretical framework for examining HRM interventions to create sustainable, low-carbon workplaces. It argues that future research should explore the contribution of employee voice, through employee participation processes, to the achievement of workplace sustainability. The chapter concludes by exploring the thesis that future research needs to be more sensitive to the broader socio-cultural phenomenon that organizations are embedded in society.


Bratton, A., & Bratton, J. (2015). Human Resource Management Approaches. In J. L. Robertson, & J. Barling (Eds.), The Psychology of Green Organizations (275-295). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Publication Date Mar 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 22, 2021
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 275-295
Book Title The Psychology of Green Organizations
ISBN 9780199997480
Keywords corporate environmental performance, corporate sustainability, employee participation, employment relationship, employee voice, human resource management, low-carbon work system, organizational sustainability, sociology
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