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Management and Organization: Various Approaches

Edited By Yasin Cakirel

The volume provides a collection of research papers in the area of management and organization on a wide range of topics including job alienation, whistleblowing, responsible leadership, cyberloafing, job crafting, organizational trust and career satisfaction.

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Decent Work: As a Strategy of HR Sustainability


1 Introduction

The United Nations has stated that sustainable development can become a reality only if it becomes a fundamental concern for individual companies and the business community as a whole in the sense of corporate responsibility. Because traditional financial accounting and reporting frameworks do not fully account for an institution’s social and environmental activities, the sustainability needs to be broadened (Guthrie & Farneti, 2008: 362).

Today, sustainability is a new developing concept that is being discussed in many areas. It include values, governance, transparency and ethics as well as diversity, social responsibility, supporting human and employee rights, protecting the environment and contributing to society (Boudreou & Ramstad, 2005:130). In today’s competitive environment, HR are consumed and exploited rather than developed and reproduced (Ehnert, 2006: 2).

In the HR literature, sustainability is seen mostly in the context of competitive advantage. However, there are some responsibilities related to HRM. In this context, the following questions may be asked in micro and macro dimensions: What can be done for sustainability on the basis of strategic HRM? Where does this concept fit into sustainable competitive advantage? How can HR strategies contribute to society in the context of decent work?

In this study, it is aimed to discuss the concept of decent work, which is important for the sustainability of human labour, how to align HRM strategies, possible compromise and conflict points. It is aimed to contribute to the literature as a theoretical...

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