The HR ecosystem: Emerging trends and a future research agenda

Scott Snell, Juani Swart, Shad Morris, Corine Boon

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Human resource leaders are experimenting with new approaches to organizing and utilizing workers that are not limited to the traditional boundaries of the firm, but rather expand to an ecosystem of work and organization. This special issue introduction article introduces a set of papers from management scholars discussing the ecosystem of work and organization and offers a roadmap for future research on HR ecosystems. An ecosystem perspective invites us to rethink our current frameworks to better link theory to practice. It also challenges us to shift our level of analysis from the organization to the ecosystem, asking: how is work organized and conducted within this complex and evolving context? These papers uncover trends related to (1) technological mediation, (2) impermanence and adaptation, and (3) shared governance. Our hope is that by framing these trends found within the research in this special issue that scholars will be provided a better road map in moving forward with their own research on the role of HR within the ecosystem of work and organization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-14
Number of pages10
JournalHuman Resource Management
Issue number1
Early online date19 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • employee relations
  • inter-organizational environment
  • strategic HR
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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