An institutional approach to ethical Human Resource Management practice: comparing Brazil, Colombia and the UK

Braga, B.M, de Camargo Oliva, E, de Miranda Kubo, E.K, McKenna, S, Richardson, J and Wales, Terry (2019) An institutional approach to ethical Human Resource Management practice: comparing Brazil, Colombia and the UK. Journal of Business Ethics. ISSN 0167-4544

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Abstract

The impact of contextual influences on human resource management and management more generally has been the focus of much scholarly interest. However, we still know very little about how context impacts on the practice of ethical HRM specifically. Therefore, drawing on 59 in-depth interviews with HR practitioners in Brazil, Colombia and the UK, this paper theorizes how they perceive the ethical dimensions of their roles within their respective national contexts and how the way they act in relation to them is informed, shaped and directed by the institutional context. In doing so it provides an important insight into three key themes: first, the views of HRM practitioners and managers about ethical HRM and how they articulate what it means to be ethical; second, how they respond to perceived ethical dilemmas; and third, how their responses are influenced by institutional forces and associated beliefs, values and scripts. In addition to providing an ‘emic’ perspective of this increasingly important topic and theorizing the experience and practice of ethical HRM, the paper answers calls for more international comparisons of ethical HRM practice in contemporary organizations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: comparative ethical HRM, institutional theory, qualitative methods
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Suffolk Business School
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 12:14
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 12:14
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1032

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