Special Issue "Knowledge Management and Human Resources Management for Organizational Sustainability"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Assoc. Prof. Carla Curado
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Department of Management, ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics & Management, University of Lisbon, 1249-078 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: Knowledge Management; Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The knowledge-based view of the firm evolved from the resource-based view of the firm [1], and acknowledges the existence of a very special resource category—the human capital. Managing such a powerful resource involves managing the employee’s efforts, performance, expectations, and career, as well as gaining access to the employee’s knowledge.

Sustainable development goals attendance demands the use of most common innovation dynamics, for example, knowledge strategies and human resources management [2]. Thus, this Special Issue invites submissions focusing on knowledge management and human resources management as a means to reach organizational sustainability. We encourage interdisciplinary thinking; the main objective of this Special Issue is to approach the involved topics with new perspectives and methods, and to provide evidence from studies developed in original settings. Empirical papers reporting unique, systematic, innovative, and integrative research are targeted for this Special Issue. Bibliometric, systematic, and content literature review analyses are also requested. Both theoretical and empirical approaches are accepted. Submissions of empirical studies using either quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods analyses are the most welcome.

Knowledge management (KM) and human resources management (HRM) topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • KM and HRM integrative models for organization sustainability;
  • KM and HRM analytics;
  • KM, HRM and digitalization;
  • KM optimization of traditional HRM tools;
  • KM and HRM contributions to organizational learning;
  • KM return-on-investment;
  • HRM return-on-investment.

References

  1. Curado, ; Bontis, N. The knowledge based-view of the firm and its theoretical precursor. Int. J. Learn. Intellect. Cap. 2006, 3, 367–381.
  2. Muñoz-Pascual, ; Curado, C.; Galende, J. The Triple Bottom Line on Sustainable Product Innovation Performance in SMEs: A Mixed Methods Approach. Sustainability 2019, 11, 1–22.

Assoc. Prof. Carla Curado
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • KM models
  • HRM models
  • organizational sustainability
  • organizational learning
  • analytics
  • digitalization
  • return-on-investment

Published Papers (3 papers)

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Towards More Proactive Sustainable Human Resource Management Practices? A Study on Stress Due to the ICT-Mediated Integration of Work and Private Life
Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8303; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208303 - 09 Oct 2020
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This article discusses sustainability in Human Resource Management (HRM) in the blurred digital working life, focusing on the emotion of stress. Its empirical basis is an activity and emotion diary study conducted with 26 employees of three industrial companies in Sweden. Our results [...] Read more.
This article discusses sustainability in Human Resource Management (HRM) in the blurred digital working life, focusing on the emotion of stress. Its empirical basis is an activity and emotion diary study conducted with 26 employees of three industrial companies in Sweden. Our results show that work and private life are integrated by digital activities and also by emotions. Due to the extensive use of digital devices, stress in the working sphere is not only connected with work, and stress in the private sphere is not only connected with private life. The study also shows that stress is often episodic and can end due to activities connected with both the trigger and non-trigger spheres. From a social sustainability perspective, this study suggests that HRM should gently extend employee consideration beyond the traditional temporal and spatial boundaries of work, i.e., also including private life when understanding work in the digital age. Full article
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Knowledge Management Practice in General Education Schools as a Tool for Sustainable Development
Sustainability 2020, 12(10), 4034; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12104034 - 14 May 2020
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The already scarce and further dwindling natural resources, increasing environmental pollution, and other environmental, economic, and social challenges that transcend national boundaries necessitate the continuous pursuit of the more responsible implementation of the principles of sustainable development in the public and business sectors, [...] Read more.
The already scarce and further dwindling natural resources, increasing environmental pollution, and other environmental, economic, and social challenges that transcend national boundaries necessitate the continuous pursuit of the more responsible implementation of the principles of sustainable development in the public and business sectors, especially in general education schools, as the future and welfare of the society depend on education results. Therefore, the implementation of knowledge management practices in general education schools is one of the efficient ways of achieving the principles of sustainable development and their positive outcomes for society and the state. This research aimed to evaluate the peculiarities of applying knowledge management practices in general education schools for sustainable development. Research methods such as analysis of scientific literature, multiple-criteria assessment, survey, and expert evaluation were used to achieve the goal of the study. The results of the study showed that there is a high potential in general education schools for the application of knowledge management practices to achieve sustainable development. However, general education schools still face a lack of teachers’ motivation and a lack of financial resources to apply knowledge management practices and improve knowledge infrastructure for sustainability. Full article
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The Model of Knowledge Management Based on Organizational Climate
Sustainability 2020, 12(8), 3273; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083273 - 17 Apr 2020
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Keeping in mind the fact that organizations in the region of Vojvodina are moving from a negotiated to market economy, this study aims to analyze how the dimensions of collaborative climate affect the various activities of knowledge management. The degree to which collaborative [...] Read more.
Keeping in mind the fact that organizations in the region of Vojvodina are moving from a negotiated to market economy, this study aims to analyze how the dimensions of collaborative climate affect the various activities of knowledge management. The degree to which collaborative climate influences knowledge work is investigated on 190 participants in the region of the Province of Vojvodina (Serbia). Two standardized questionnaires were used to collect data: a knowledge management questionnaire, which included 32 questions, and a collaborative climate questionnaire of 20 questions. To test the hypothesis of the study, the technique used was descriptive statistics, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling. The results show that only the organizational culture as a dimension of collaborative climate contributes to the explanation of all the activities of knowledge management, except the activity of leaving knowledge, which fails to achieve a statistical relationship with any dimension of collaborative climate. This study provides useful insights for practitioners wanting to improve an organization’s performance and to increase organizational sustainability and learning. It is a useful base to expand further research in a way of better understanding the impact that collaborative climate has on the implementation of knowledge management in a transition towards a knowledge economy. Full article
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