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December 4, 2016
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Business: Policy Area

Building the Sustainable Organization Through Adaptive, Creative Coherence in the HR System

In R. Burke & C. Cooper (Eds.), Building Effective Organizations
Barry A. Colbert, Elizabeth C. Kurucz & David Wheeler

published: 2007 | Research publication | Chapters in books - Policy


In this chapter we explore the particular value that a complexity-based approach to viewing organizational systems will confer in building the sustainable organization.  We consider the elements of the sustainable organization, described by the “4 C’s model” of organizational sustainability (Wheeler 2003), as they relate to the living systems’ heuristics and relevant HR principles outlined by Colbert (2004).  We then identify insights provoked by the Complex RBV perspective for strategic human resource management practices in the context of the sustainable organization, and construct the outline of a coherent, adaptive HR system, and advancing understanding for managers of sustainably relevant HR principles and practices.

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