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

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Haddock-Millar, J., Sanyal, C. and Muller-Camen, M. 2016. Green human resource management: a comparative qualitative case study of a United States multinational corporation. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. 27 (2), pp. 192-211. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2015.1052087
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TitleGreen human resource management: a comparative qualitative case study of a United States multinational corporation
AuthorsHaddock-Millar, J., Sanyal, C. and Muller-Camen, M.
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This article explores the ways in which a multinational company (MNC) approaches Green Human Resource Management (HRM) in its British, German and Swedish subsidiaries. The authors analyze 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 practises and behaviors, 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 multi-case study with 50 participants, using semi-structured interviews and focus groups. The results show evidence of pro-active 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 which explain the differences in approach including, amongst others, strategic and performance drivers and cultural dimensions, such as relationships with key stakeholders.

Keywordsemployee engagement; environmental sustainability; Germany; green human resource management; human resource management; Sweden; United Kingdom
PublisherRoutledge
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
ISSN0958-5192
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Online18 Aug 2015
Print19 Jan 2016
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Deposited15 Oct 2015
Accepted18 Aug 2015
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© 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( http://creativecom mons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Published online: 18 Aug 2015.
Online ISSN:1466-4399, Special Issue: Green (environmental) HRM

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2015.1052087
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