La GRH a-t-elle une responsabilité sociétale?

Authors: Lemay, Cécile
Advisor: Hallée, Yves
Abstract: This Master’s thesis in Industrial Relations offers a reflection on societal human resource management (HRM) and sustainable development. It asks the following questions: “how are HRM practices, implemented by three French small businesses, shaped by sustainable development? And how can these practices contribute, in turn, to societal well-being?” This empirical study uses the theory of pragmatist institutionalism by John R. Commons and the concepts of trans-action and futurity. It is a multiple case study based on three French small businesses in the agricultural-food industry which offers an attempt to operationalize Commons’ theory. This research demonstrates that the HRM practices of these businesses were shaped by sustainable development through the will of the entrepreneurs committed as citizens and led by their personal convictions; as well as the will of other regional actors forged by the institution of sustainable development and by their desire for a social commitment. This research also demonstrates that it is possible to envision “responsible” HRM practices as a contribution to a better use of resources and societal well-being. What comes out of this study is a circularity in its results. It is therefore possible to consider the role played by the institution of sustainable development on HRM, but also the role played by HRM on sustainable development. This allows us to understand that HRM is not stranded or separated from the outside world inside its business, but rather exists in interaction with its institutional context. It is as much a subject as an actor of sustainable development. This allows us to envision HRM as a true force for change.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 12 July 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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