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Continuing the evolution: towards sustainable HRM and sustainable organizations

Wesley Ricardo de Souza Freitas (Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Paranaíba, Brazil)
Charbel José Chiappetta Jabbour (Assistant Professor of Organizational Theory and Environmental Management, in the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting, University of São Paulo)
Fernando César Almada Santos (Assistant Professor in the Production Engineering Department, Engineering School of São Carlos (EESC), University of São Paulo (USP))

Business Strategy Series

ISSN: 1751-5637

Article publication date: 6 September 2011




This article aims to put sustainability as a new step in the evolutionary pathway of human resource management (HRM).


This article provides a literature review on the evolution of HRM and we reflected how HRM can contribute to organizational sustainability.


The study presents a sustainable HRM as a new step in HRM evolution. The study argues that sustainable HRM is completely necessary to achieve sustainable organizations and a more sustainable society.


Sustainability is becoming a key concept and a key element in the future of organizations, but little is known about the role of HRM in this process.



Ricardo de Souza Freitas, W., José Chiappetta Jabbour, C. and César Almada Santos, F. (2011), "Continuing the evolution: towards sustainable HRM and sustainable organizations", Business Strategy Series, Vol. 12 No. 5, pp. 226-234.



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