Redefining the Future of Human Resource Management

Edited by:
James H. Dulebohn, Michigan State University
Brian Murray, University of Dallas
Dianna L. Stone, Universities of New Mexico, Albany, and Virginia Tech

A volume in the series: Research in Human Resource Management. Editor(s): Dianna L. Stone, Universities of New Mexico, Albany, and Virginia Tech. James H. Dulebohn, Michigan State University.

Call for Papers

There have been dramatic changes in the social and economic environments of organizations in recent years, and these changes are propelling the field of human resource management (HRM) in new directions and redefining our perspectives on established practices. Notable recent trends include the increased opportunities for remote and virtual work that have affected the nature of the employment relationship and what employees and applicants expect from an employer. Additionally, workforce diversity and the inclusion of minority members in the organization’s leadership have taken center stage. Meeting societal expectations for equity and equality, customer needs, and cross-cultural challenges are affecting the design and delivery of HRM practices. Finally, historically significant HR trends such as globalization, benefits cost escalation, and labor unionization are rising to renewed prominence in their influence on decision making.

Although there have been many changes in HRM over time, the field needs to continue to evolve in order to be relevant and effective into the future. Accordingly, this special issue will focus on current and emerging issues and the future of HRM processes and practices.

We are particularly interested in papers that focus on changes or new directions needed in job analysis and design, attraction and recruitment, staffing and talent management, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, and labor and employee relations.

• Impact of remote and virtual work HR practices
• Changes in the employment relationship.
• Impact of a global environment on new HRM practices
• Effects of changes in technology on HRM functions
• Meeting societal needs for equity in compensation and pay systems
• Effects of revitalization of labor unions on HRM practices
• Changes in employee expectations and effects on HRM practices
• Cross-cultural challenges in the design and delivery of new HRM systems
• Diversity-related challenges in the design and delivery of new HRM systems
• New HRM practices that can help organizations deal with scarcity of talent

Proposals should be no more than 5 pages and include (a) an introduction to the problem, question, or knowledge gap to be addressed by the paper, (b) a brief overview of the state of published knowledge, (c) a description of the approach or method the paper will present, and (d) the expected contribution(s) or implications arising from the paper.

All proposals are due November 1, 2021 and should be emailed to Dr. Brian Murray at (

Submissions are limited to conceptual papers, systematic or integrative literature reviews with theory, conceptual development, or research implications, critiques of the literature or the field of HRM with implications, new theoretical models or research frameworks, or meta-analyses.

Papers should (a) provide a review of the current and emerging issues for one or more HRM processes, (b) provide a thorough review of the literature on a topic, (c) present a model or framework to guide future research and practice (if needed), and (d) offer specific directions for future research and practice on the topic. Please contact James Dulebohn ( if you would like to submit an empirical paper. All papers will be reviewed by two subject matter experts and the editors. Invited papers by prominent HR scholars will be included in the special issue

All final submissions are due June 1, 2023.

Final papers must be no more than 50 pages (approximately 12,500 words) including references and tables. The paper must conform to the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual (October 2019). Submission must include an abstract. Authors will be asked to submit a 200-word bio and contact information with their submission.

If you have questions about the issue, please feel free to contact James Dulebohn (, Brian Murray (, or Dianna Stone (

Abstract Submissions: Proposal submissions due November 1, 2021

Notification of invite to submit chapter: January 1, 2022

Submission of book chapter: September 30, 2022

Reviews of book chapter manuscripts sent to author(s): January 15, 2023

Receipt by editors of final draft of book chapters: June 1, 2023

Final book submitted to publisher: November 1, 2023

Anticipated publication: 2024