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Social Sustainability Factors Influencing the Implementation of Sustainable HRM in Manufacturing SMEs

Nagamani Subramanian () and M. Suresh ()
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Nagamani Subramanian: Amrita School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
M. Suresh: Amrita School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Humanistic Management Journal, 2022, vol. 7, issue 3, No 5, 469-507

Abstract: Abstract Sustainable development is a key notion in today’s business world. More frequently, Sustainability is thought to be solely dependent on resource management and production processes. However, HRM (Human Resource Management) plays an important role in its actual implementation. This paper focuses on the growing importance of social sustainability aspects of sustainable HRM that contribute to the sustainability of the organizations. The study identified ten significant social sustainability factors of sustainable HRM through a comprehensive literature review and experts. The ‘Total Interpretive Structural Modelling (TISM) technique was used to uncover the relationship between the indicated factors and to establish their structural hierarchy. Further MICMAC (Matriced Impact Croises Multiplication Applique) study was performed to assess each factor’s driving-dependence power. The factor, namely “availability of equal employment opportunities” was found to be the most important factor, whereas “social trust” was observed to be highly dependent on the remaining factors. The intended framework might facilitate practitioners and decision-makers to understand the interrelationships among the social sustainability factors of sustainable HRM. This will be useful for SME owners and managers in comprehending the opportunities in improving organizational performance via social sustainability factors.

Keywords: Social sustainability; Human resource management; Manufacturing organizations; Small and medium enterprises; Social sustainability design; Social trust (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-022-00139-z

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