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Call For Papers - IJM Special Issue: "The changing economic environment: Implications for Human Resource Management"

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Manpower

Call for Papers 

International Journal of Manpower: Special Issue

"The changing economic environment: Implications for Human Resource Management"

Guest Editors: Ángeles Montoro, David Urbano and Jose Luis Hervás 

At the forthcoming 2nd Conference on “Brokering Knowledge” (Valencia, Spain, March 20-22, 2012), the International Journal of Manpower (IJM) will host a track devoted to the implications of the changing environment and economic conditions for human resource management. 

Economic and financial conditions explain some of the shift away from the established work environment and the traditional patterns of employment. Todays’s high unemployment may be preparing the ground for more efficent processes. The changes in the external environment of organizations have altered the nature of workforce. These challenges include incorporating and utilizing the rapid advances in technology and addressing globalization-related changes such as increased competitive pressures, outsourcing and offshoring, and a global workforce that places a higher premium on cross-cultural sensitivities and skills. Other important factors arise from changes in labor market institutions. As the nature of doing business evolves, the role of human resource management will need to change, in parallel. Human resource management will need to break free from its bureaucratic past and focus on maintaining and adopting keeping the best available methods and processes. To adapt to this changed working enviroment, traditional jobs will need to be more flexible and more use made of temporary and task-based contractual relationships. Amongst others tendencies, off-shoring and outsourcing are becoming powerful trends in human resources management. The underlying rationale for these innovative processes includes financial savings, an increased ability to focus on strategic issues, access to technology and specialized expertise; in sum – maintaining the competitiveness of industries and firms competitive, and therefore create more jobs. 

The guest editors are particularly interested in empirical contributions. Recommended topics include: 

  - Integrative and interdisciplinary theoretical models on new tendences in workforce management.
  - Human resources management and strategic renewal processes in innovative firms. 
  - Management and employees recruitment processes for increasing the competitiveness of firms: characteristics and consequences. 
  - Training for creativity and innovation.
  - Retaining talent of managers and employees for increasing competitiveness.
  - Reward systems that enhance innovation of managers and employees.
  - Comparison of human resource practices (recruitment, selection, training, incentives) in restructuring process.
  - The impact of downsizing on the workforce.
  - Turnover process models and their impact on workforce management.
  - Employees' career development opportunities under dowsizing.
  - The impact of offshoring/outsourcing on employees.
  - Outsourcing and the transfer of expertise.
  - Strategies for enhancing the quality of the core workforce.
  - The effects of outsourcing in insourcing.

This Call invites proposals for papers to be presented at the IJM track at the conference. The editor-in-chief of IJM, Adrian Ziderman together with the Guest Editors, will make a selection from the papers presented in the track for inclusion in a special issue of the IJM. 

Please indicate that the paper is submitted for “Track: The changing economic environment: Implications for Human Resource Management”. Questions about the special issue should be directed to one of the guest editors: Professor David Urbano, at [email protected]. Please ensure that papers adhere to the journal’s author guidelines at:

The full version of the paper should be submitted no later than October 15, 2011. The paper will then be subjected to a double blind peer review. Papers accepted must be presented in person at the Conference in Valencia. A selection of the best papers presented in the track will be published in a special issue of the IJM in the first half of 2013.