Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resource Management: A Systematic Review and Conceptual Analysis

Human Resource Management Review, 2016

56 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2016

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Christian Voegtlin

Audencia Business School; University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration; University of Zurich - Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology

Michelle Greenwood

Monash University - Department of Management

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Despite a significant increase in research and practice linking corporate social responsibility (CSR) and human resource management (HRM), a comprehensive examination of the relationship between these two constructs has yet to be undertaken. Scholars associating CSR and HRM rarely explicate their understanding of the connection between CSR and HRM (CSR-HRM) or the assumptions they make when exploring this relationship. Thus, we argue that a comprehensive review of the literature of the CSR-HRM nexus is relevant and necessary. Such a review would allow scholars to reach more explicit and comprehensive understandings of CSR-HRM, and enhance research both theoretically and empirically. We address this endeavour by means of a systematic review and conceptual analysis of past and current writings linking CSR and HRM, based on key themes and meta-theoretical commitments at the intersection of CSR-HRM. We propose three theoretical perspectives that can be used to conceptualize CSR-HRM: instrumental, social integrative and political. We elaborate on the potential these three approaches hold for research in the field of CSR-HRM. The contribution of this paper is to expose the diversity of understandings of CSR-HRM and provide a conceptual map for navigating and planning further research.

Keywords: corporate social responsibility; human resource management; political CSR; political HRM; systematic review; employee involvement

Suggested Citation

Voegtlin, Christian and Greenwood, Michelle, Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Resource Management: A Systematic Review and Conceptual Analysis (2016). Human Resource Management Review, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2716146

Christian Voegtlin (Contact Author)

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Michelle Greenwood

Monash University - Department of Management ( email )

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Australia
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