The Baltic University Programme (BUP) Board has decided to honour Živilė Stankevičiūtė, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, with the award for best PhD thesis defended in the BUP network during the calendar year 2015. The thesis ‘Sustainability Dimension in Organisation’s Human Resource Management’ support high quality research and promote sustainable development.
The PhD thesis is distinguished for it’s novelty as sustainable human resource management is the hot topic of scientific discussion lacking conceptual and empirical maturity. The dissertation contributes to the scientific discourse on sustainable development addressing genesis of sustainable development, meaning of sustainable development and providing the taxonomy of sustainability characteristics. The thesis provide suggestions and insights how to operationalize sustainable human resource management and shows the added value for the organization in terms of increasing the positive and decreasing the negative impacts on employees. When principles of sustainable human resource management are clearly expressed, employees feel less job stress, work-family conflict and burnout, at the same time job satisfaction, organizational commitment and trust as well as subjective welfare increases. The thesis meets all the stated criteria with a good margin. An assessment of the thesis state that the thesis support high quality research in the area of sustainable development.