The global migration crisis has prompted calls by the United Nations and others for private sector involvement in migration governance. Drawing on the strategic human resource management (HRM) and peace through commerce literature, we propose that MNEs can mobilize the resources of the firm to reduce migration push factors and promote peace in origin and at-risk countries by adopting peacebuilding as a strategic objective implemented through political CSR and conflict-sensitive HRM within a strategic HRM framework. MNEs that take up this ‘grand challenge’ are likely to benefit from greater stability and lower risk, the development of new markets, and enhanced organizational reputation, legitimacy, and competitiveness. We develop research propositions on the likelihood of MNE adoption. Policy and management implications are provided.
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Reade, C., McKenna, M. & Oetzel, J. Unmanaged migration and the role of MNEs in reducing push factors and promoting peace: A strategic HRM perspective. J Int Bus Policy 2, 377–396 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1057/s42214-019-00043-8
- migration push factors
- business and peace
- strategic human resource management
- CSR–HRM relationship
- multinational enterprises