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

Haddock-Millar, Julie ORCID logoORCID:, Sanyal, Chandana and Muller-Camen, Michael (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. ISSN 0958-5192 [Article] (doi:10.1080/09585192.2015.1052087)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 18 Aug 2015.
Online ISSN:1466-4399, Special Issue: Green (environmental) HRM
Keywords (uncontrolled): employee engagement; environmental sustainability; Germany; green human resource management; human resource management; Sweden; United Kingdom
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 18138
Notes on copyright: © 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 ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Depositing User: Julie Haddock-Millar
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2015 10:09
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 22:08

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