Katarzyna Piwowar-Sulej, Guest Editor, Wroclaw University of Economics and Business, Poland

Qaisar Iqbal, Guest Editor, Center for China-India-Pakistan Studies, Sichuan University of Science & Engineering, China

Sustainability as a concept is too broad and attempts to assimilate different dilemmas into a coherent analysis of the twenty-first-century world (Singh, 2018). In the organizational context, it is associated with a long-term goal resulting from the processes performed within organizational sustainable development (SD) (UNESCO, 2021). The latter was defined by Dyllick and Hockerts (2002, p. 131) as “meeting the needs of a firm’s direct and indirect stakeholders (such as shareholders, employees, clients, pressure groups, communities, etc.), without compromising its ability to meet the needs of future stakeholders as well.”

The concept of SD is still being developed and matched with different managerial concepts such as: knowledge management (Martins et al., 2019), human resources management (Ehnert, 2009; Macke & Genari, 2019), project management (Armenia et al., 2019), and process management (Magdaleno et al., 2017). Although human resources in the sustainability agenda have received overwhelming attention in recent years (Piwowar-Sulej, 2021; Singh, 2018), there is still space to link Human Resource Management (HRM) issues with Project and Process Management. In fact, the application of process and project approaches in HRM may contribute to SD. In turn, there are still people in sustainable projects and processes who need attention and care from the leaders and employers.

This publication aims to present new, emerging trends and research concepts concerning the application of HRM, project, and process management in organizational sustainable development. The authors also might want to discover new managerial concepts which can be linked with organizational sustainability. We invite all authors involved in the analysis of such trends and challenges to participate in this publication.

The proposed research topics may include (and are not limited to) among others:

  • new research linking such domains as organizational sustainable development and project-, people-, process-management;
  • new research approaches linking organizational sustainability with other managerial concepts (e.g., strategic flexibility);
  • case studies on collaboration between businesses as well as business and science in terms of SD projects;
  • neglected sustainable HRM areas such as forms of employment, employee participation, HR flow;
  • the role of leadership such as sustainable leadership and responsible leadership in the context of sustainable HRM;
  • antecedents and consequences of sustainable HRM, e.g. relationship between sustainable HRM and innovation;
  • motivation behind the screen for sustainable HRM.


Submission guidelines

Submission deadline: 31 May 2022
Papers reviewed: 31 July 2022
Revised papers reviewed: 31 October 2022
Final versions of papers delivered: 31 December 2022
Papers published: 2023


Paper submission

Papers should be submitted to JEMI before the end of 31 May 2022 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The papers will undergo a double-blind review. Submissions must be in English, should be 8000-12000 words, and follow ALL the submission requirements posted on the JEMI website at http://jemi.edu.pl/submission-and-policy


  • Armenia, S., Dangelico, R. M., Nonino, F., & Pompei, A. (2019). Sustainable project management: A conceptualization-oriented review and a framework proposal for future studies. Sustainability, 11(9), 2664. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11092664
  • Dyllick, T., & Hockerts, K. (2002). Beyond the business case for corporate sustainability. Business Strategy and the Environment, 11(2), 130–141. https://doi.org/10.1002/bse.323
  • Ehnert, I. (2009). Sustainable Human Resources Management: A Conceptual and Exploratory Analysis from a Paradox. Physica-Verlag HD.
    Macke, J., & Genari, D. (2019). Systematic literature review on sustainable human resource management. Journal of Cleaner Production, 208, 806–815. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.10.091
  • Magdaleno, A. M., Duboc, L., & Betz, S. (2017). How to incorporate sustainability into business process management lifecycle? In M. Dumas and M. Fantinato (Eds), Business Process Management Workshops. BPM 2016. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (vol 281, pp. 440-443). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-58457-7_32
  • Martins, V. W. B., Rampasso, I. S., Anholon, R., Quelhas, O. L. G., & Leal Filho, W. (2019). Knowledge management in the context of sustainability: Literature review and opportunities for future research. Journal of Cleaner Production, 229, 489–500. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.04.354
  • Piwowar‐Sulej, K. (2021). Core functions of Sustainable Human Resource Management. A hybrid literature review with the use of <scp>H‐Classics</scp> methodology. Sustainable Development, 29(4), 671–693. https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.2166
  • Singh, S. K. (2018). Sustainable people, process and organization management in emerging markets. Benchmarking: An International Journal, 25(3), 774–776. https://doi.org/10.1108/BIJ-02-2018-0038
  • UNESCO. (2021). Sustainable Development. Retrieved from https://en.unesco.org/themes/education-sustainable-development/what-is-esd/sd