About the Conference

With over 21 per cent of world’s population (1.6 billion) occupying 3 per cent of world’s area and contributing 3.8 per cent of the global economy as of 2015, the South Asian region comprising of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka is an important geopolitical union of nations. The region is plagued by extreme poverty, mega-urbanization, immense disparities between rich and poor and fundamental problems in the areas of infrastructure, energy and the environment (Delinić, 2011). There is tremendous opportunity for cooperation among these nations for sharing best practices and discussing policy implications. With vast population and concerns for the region are gross enrollment ratio (GER), youth unemployment, poverty, economic development, infrastructure, technological developments, industrialization, etc. Social and economic issues of the region are linked to the human development and management of human capital. Therefore it is apt to focus on issues on management of human resources in general and sustainable HRM in particular.

Sustainable HRM is defined as those long-term oriented conceptual approaches and activities aimed at a socially responsible and economically appropriate recruitment and selection, development, deployment, and downsizing of employees (Ehnert, 2006). Broadly, there exist three schools of thought on sustainability. The first approach emphasizes on reproducing capability. Here, the focus is on creating such HR systems that can manage social, environmental, and demographic pressures to last long and achieve organizational goals (Ehnert, 2009). The second approach emphasizes on the triple bottom line consisting of economic, environmental and social consequences. Scholars argue that HR practices that are oriented toward triple bottom line are sustainable in nature primarily because of their ability to create socio-, eco-, and economy-friendly image in the minds of the stakeholders (Branco & Rodrigues, 2006). The third approach emphasizes on coupling the earlier two approaches together by acknowledging and appreciating that HR systems and external economical, ecological, and social factors are interrelated (Renwick, Redman, & Maguire, 2011). In fact, sustainable development is also an important development goal of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Against this background, the University of Hyderabad and the IFHE are jointly organizing a conference on Sustainable Human Resource Management: Practices, Policies and Perspectives in South Asia.

The focus of the Conference is on the evolving area of HRM viz., sustainable HRM, the source of sustained competitive advantage. However, papers from all sub-themes of HRM are welcome. Conceptual/theoretical/empirical papers on the themes/subthemes of the Conference are invited. Critical reflection of existing concepts, theories, or frameworks requiring refinement for carving a role for HRM in creating sustainable organizations are encouraged. This forum is meant to discuss, discover, innovate and deliver in the emerging areas of HRM.