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Human Resource Management in Small Business

Achieving Peak Performance Edited by Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK and Ronald J. Burke, Emeritus Professor, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
Human Resource Management in Small Business fills a gap in our understanding of economic performance. Small businesses are more numerous, have more employees, and contribute more to the economies of nations throughout the world than do large organizations. This book examines a range of issues, including the significance of human resource management (HRM) practices to small business success, the management of work hours and work stressors, work and family issues, succession planning, employee recruitment and selection, and managing staff. It also explores how individuals develop HRM skills, and learn from their own and others’ experiences. The role of HRM practices in successful small businesses is illustrated through a range of case studies.
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84980 121 8
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  • Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
Human Resource Management in Small Business fills a gap in our understanding of economic performance. Small businesses are more numerous, have more employees, and contribute more to the economies of nations throughout the world than do large organizations. This book examines a range of issues, including the significance of human resource management (HRM) practices to small business success, the management of work hours and work stressors, work and family issues, succession planning, employee recruitment and selection, and managing staff. It also explores how individuals develop HRM skills, and learn from their own and others’ experiences. The role of HRM practices in successful small businesses is illustrated through a range of case studies.

Including contributors who are internationally recognized academics from a range of countries, this book will prove to be an essential resource for postgraduate students and academics in management. Professional managers and owners in SMEs will also discover great insights from this admirable book.
‘There is no doubt that this volume will deliver considerable value to the reader – be s/he a small entrepreneur, manager, student or teacher. . . It arouses sufficient interest of the reader in underscoring the saliency of people management for competitive advantage even in smaller enterprises.’
– Debi S. Saini, Vision – the Journal of Business Perspectives

‘It is a compilation of excellent research, which is a hallmark of the Edward Elgar Publications. . . The book has sound business and economic alignment, excellent diagrammatic representation and case studies and above all, as a book written by academics, is excellently referenced. If HR practitioners are interested in staying abreast of global trends and wish to read material from excellent researchers around the world, they could do a lot worse than consider this book.’
– Geoffrey N. De Lacy, Australian Human Resource Institute Journal

‘Cooper and Burke have provided us with fifteen excellent chapters that help fill our knowledge gap regarding the role of human resource management policies and practices in small- and medium-sized enterprises. Cooper and Burke provide an excellent overview chapter that describes the need, importance and scope of the topic and this is followed by fourteen well-orchestrated chapters contributed by international experts. This is a superb book for graduate and undergraduate students in human resource management worldwide, most of whom will end up working in small- and medium-sized enterprises.’
– Randall S. Schuler, Rutgers University, US
Contributors: S. Baillie, R.J. Burke, B. Carson, G. Castrogiovanni, S. Clarke, C.J. Collins, C.L. Cooper, E. Drew, S. Fielden, K. Fuschetti, M. George, E. Hamilton, C. Henry, A.L. Humbert, C. Hunt, D. Jepsen, A. Noblet, T.L. Pett, J.M. Pollack, A. Rauch, G.H. Seijts, L. Treanor, M. Troilo, J.A. Wolff
Contents:

PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Overview of the Book
Ronald J. Burke

2. Human Resource Management in Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises: Benefits and Challenges
Ronald J. Burke

PART II: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS EFFECTIVENESS
3. The Role of Human Capital Factors in Small Business Performance and Success
Gary J. Castrogiovanni

4. Alternative Systems of Human Resources Practices and Performance in Small Entrepreneurial Organizations
Christopher J. Collins

5. The Human Resource Practices of Small Businesses: An Examination of Performance Implications
Andreas Rauch

6. On Learning in High-Performing Small and Medium-sized Businesses and the Relationship to HR Practices
Timothy L. Pett and James A. Wolff

PART III: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS CHALLENGES
7. Legal Issues Facing Small Businesses and their Owners
Michael Troilo and Brad Carson

8. Health and Safety in Small Businesses
Sharon Clarke

PART IV: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND INDIVIDUAL CHALLENGES
9. Addressing Personal and Family Transitions in Small Businesses: Effective Human Resource Management Practices
Kyle Fuschetti and Jeffrey M. Pollack

10. The Challenges for Female Small Business Owners and Managers: A Consideration of the Veterinary Profession
Colette Henry, Lorna Treanor and Sarah Baillie

11. Who’s Minding the Kids? Work and Family Issues Among Owners of Small Business Enterprises in Ireland
Eileen Drew and Anne Laure Humbert

12. Entrepreneurial Satisfaction: Job Stressors, Coping and Well-being Among Small Business Owner Managers
Magnus George and Eleanor Hamilton

PART V: IMPROVING HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN SMALL BUSINESSES
13. A Comprehensive Approach to Promoting Justice in SMEs
Andrew Noblet and Denise Jepsen

14. E-coaching for Women Small Business Owners and Managers
Carianne Hunt and Sandra Fielden

15. WestJet Airlines Ltd: A Case Study of a Successful Business that Highlights HRM and Strategy
Gerard H. Seijts

Index