The human side of small and medium enterprises

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Wiesner, Retha and McDonald, Jim. 2001. "The human side of small and medium enterprises." Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. 7 (2), pp. 58-69. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1833367200005228
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The human side of small and medium enterprises

ERA Journal ID35911
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsWiesner, Retha (Author) and McDonald, Jim (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Journal of Management and Organization
Journal Citation7 (2), pp. 58-69
Number of Pages12
Year2001
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1833-3672
1839-3527
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S1833367200005228
Web Address (URL)https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-management-and-organization/article/human-side-of-small-and-medium-enterprises/2485EAD6249C2AE5EACFBF0395A9221C
Abstract

The limited research conducted on Human Resource Management (HRM) in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) suggests that acquiring, developing, compensating and retaining employees is a major problem. A Queensland-wide study of Human Resource Management Practices in SMEs (with a sample of 431) found a surprisingly high take-up of human resource management practices. The present paper discusses this study, presents the results obtained and reflects on its implications for human resource management in SMEs.

Keywordssmall and medium enterprises; employees; management practices
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380111. Labour economics
350716. Small business organisation and management
350503. Human resources management
Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Business
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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