The Challenge of Corporate Social Responsibility for Human Resource Management

Prof Robin Kramar
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During the last twenty years human resource management (HRM) has become a common way of managing people. Such an approach involves Human Resource professionals partnering with other managers so that people are used in the most effective way. More recently there have been calls for HRM to demonstrate that it adds value to the business.

Corporate social responsibility and responsible capitalism pose a number of challenges for HRM and for leadership in organisations. The HRM paradigm is based on a rational strategic management framework which is consistent with traditional economic analysis. This paradigm is limited in circumstances where organisations seek to behave responsibly with regard to a range of internal and external stakeholders and seek to take a longer term perspective.

This paper explores some of the implications of corporate social responsibility and responsible capitalism for the practice and scope of HRM and briefly looks at the possible implications for leadership. Corporate social responsibility provides HRM with an opportunity to play an even more influential role in organisations.

Keywords: Human Resource Management, Corporate Social Responsibility
Stream: Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof Robin Kramar

Professor, Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University

Professor Robin Kramar has been teaching in universities for almost thirty years. Her interests are varied and she is intrigued to see the way industrial relations, people management and human resource management is evolving. Her main teaching areas are human resource management and managing people in the future. Robin has varied research interests, including international human resource management, diversity management, strategic human resource management and corporate social responsibility. Robin has been involved in writing or editing six books and numerous articles or chapters in national and international journals and edited books.

Robin has been actively involved in the human resource profession. She was on the Editorial Board of the Human Resources magazine, Judging Panel of the HR Awards for this publication and has more than fifteen years involvement with the Australian Human Resources Institute. She is on AHRI’s national committee judging the Awards for Excellence in People Management, was book review editor for Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources for ten years and has been Editor of this journal for more than three years.

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