Quotation Haddock-Millar, Julie, Sanyal, Chandana, Müller-Camen, Michael. 2016. Green Human Resource Management: a Comparative Study of a US MNC. International Journal of Human Resource Management 27 (2), 192-211.




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.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Human Resource Management
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Green Human Resource Management: a Comparative Study of a US MNC
Volume 27
Number 2
Year 2016
Page from 192
Page to 211
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09585192.2015.1052087
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2015.1052087


Müller-Camen, Michael (Details)
Haddock-Millar, Julie
Sanyal, Chandana
Institute for Human Resource Management IN (Details)
Competence Center for Sustainability Transformation and Responsibility WE (Details)
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