[Lecture, Oct 28] Digitally-enabled innovation, social responsibility and sustainability: the role of key stakeholders for human resource management

time: 2019-10-28

Title: Digitally-enabled innovation, social responsibility and sustainability: the role of key stakeholders for human resource management

Speaker: Fang Lee CookeMonash University, Australia

Time: 3pm, October 28, 2019

Venue: Room 210, Building 37, Wushan Campus

Introduction to the speaker:

Dr Fang Lee Cooke (PhD, University of Manchester, UK) is Associate Dean (Graduate Research) and Distinguished Professor of Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Australia. She is a Fellow of Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Prior to joining Monash University, Dr Cooke was a full professor at Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. She has also served as Deputy Head of School of Management at RMIT, Melbourne. Dr Cooke's research interests include Asian HRM and employment relations, gender studies, diversity management, strategic HRM, knowledge management and innovation, outsourcing, Chinese outward FDI and employment of Chinese migrants, etc. She has published three monographs, which are HRM, Work and Employment in China (Routledge, 2005), Competition, Strategy and Management in China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and Human Resource Management in China: New Trends and Practices (Routledge, 2012). She is also the author/co-author of more than 100 academic journal articles and 60 book chapters, many of which were published in top-tier academic journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Human Resource Management, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Relations, Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management Journal, and International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Dr Cooke received the 2011 Dean's Award for Research Excellence and the 2018 PRME Award for Research Excellence, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University. Fang currently serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief for The International Journal of Human Resource Management, as well as Associate Editor of Human Resource Management, Gender, Work, and Organization, International Business Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Asian Business and Management; and Gender in Management: an International Journal. She was a holder of the DAAD Guest Chair at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany during 2016.


Drawing on empirical evidence of recent developments in the global context, this presentation explores the role of the state and multinational firms as two powerful institutional actors in shaping the adoption of digital technology at macro and micro levels, with implications for human resource management (HRM) and decent work across different sectors and workforce groups. At the macro level, it examines the role of the state as a regulator, promotor and user of digitally-enabled innovation in its governance. It illustrates how the state and multinational firms can join force in shaping urban management, and in doing so, triggers public management transformation with new skill needs and innovative thinking in public management. The presentation shows that the alliance of power between political and business elites, empowered by technology, determines what businesses the municipality may attract and become competitive in – such decisions are often influenced by their cognitive limitations and development agenda. As such, each city/region will have its own industrial clusters, investment environment, economic characteristics and labour market behaviour, which consequently shape HRM practices, including the capacity to attract and retain talent from other regions. At the micro level, the presentation also critically assesses some of the radical strategies large firms adopt in harnessing creative talent through an open innovation system. These strategies call into question the relevance of existing strategic HRM theories and practices on the one hand, but also sow seeds of risks in terms of the firm’s sustainable resources on the other. The intention of the presentation is to highlight new developments in some parts of the world and stimulate research efforts to capture these new phenomena and to conceptualise HRM in more innovative angles.