Exploring human resource management practices in small and medium sized enterprises

Exploring human resource management practices in small and medium sized enterprises This paper reports on empirical work recently conducted about the use and effectiveness of HRM practices in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). A telephone survey was conducted with 100 senior managers of SMEs to ascertain their use of a range of human resource practices and the extent to which they had found those practices successful in aiding the achievement of company objectives. Additionally in-depth interviews were conducted with senior managers from a further 22 SMEs. Findings suggest that there is considerable diversity amongst SMEs in relation to their use of HR practices. A model is provided that identifies the key criteria that underlie the adoption of HRM practices, and the implications of the model are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Personnel Review Emerald Publishing

Exploring human resource management practices in small and medium sized enterprises

Personnel Review, Volume 31 (6): 22 – Dec 1, 2002

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2002 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0048-3486
DOI
10.1108/00483480210445962
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Abstract

This paper reports on empirical work recently conducted about the use and effectiveness of HRM practices in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). A telephone survey was conducted with 100 senior managers of SMEs to ascertain their use of a range of human resource practices and the extent to which they had found those practices successful in aiding the achievement of company objectives. Additionally in-depth interviews were conducted with senior managers from a further 22 SMEs. Findings suggest that there is considerable diversity amongst SMEs in relation to their use of HR practices. A model is provided that identifies the key criteria that underlie the adoption of HRM practices, and the implications of the model are discussed.

Journal

Personnel ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2002

Keywords: Small‐ to medium‐sized enterprises; Surveys; Interviews

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