This thematic issue will focus on duty of care or the obligation of employers to protect the health, safety, security and well-being of employees.
As a result of globalisation, organisations (whether for-profit, non-profit or governmental) have talent deployed all over the world as locals, international assignees or business travellers. This exposes the workforce to greater environmental risks that need to be mitigated and managed.
So far, contributions to the field of ‘employer duty of care’ have come mainly from outside of HR. With this issue, our intention is to integrate the various interdisciplinary contributions on this topic with the broader fields of talent management and global mobility.
Papers in this issue will cover the whole spectrum of duty of care issues as outlined below. We welcome conceptual, empirical (quantitative and qualitative) and case study research.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Employer duty of care from cultural and legal perspectives
- Managing employee risk and uncertainty globally (employee safety, security, political and medical risks)
- Deploying staff to emerging economies, war zones, disaster areas, and bottom 60 countries
- Duty of care in international NGOs and government organisations
- Duty of care in contract work and international joint ventures
- Evacuation of international assignees and dependents
- Challenges of managing duty of care for international business travellers
- Employee duty of loyalty and engagement with organisational duty of care initiatives
- Moral and ethical duty of care obligations
- Sustainability and duty of care
- Cost-benefit analysis and ROI of organisational duty of care initiatives
Submission of manuscripts: 1 February, 2015