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Capturing complexity: developing an integrated approach to analysing HRM in SMEs

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dc.contributor.author Harney, Brian en
dc.contributor.author Dundon, Tony en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-02T12:30:36Z en
dc.date.available 2011-08-02T12:30:36Z en
dc.date.issued 2006 en
dc.identifier.citation B. Harney and T. Dundon, 2006, Capturing Complexity: developing an integrated approach to analysing HRM in SMEs, Human Resource Management Journal, Vol 16 (1), pp 48-73 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2105 en
dc.description.abstract This article presents a framework to evaluate HRM in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), using an open systems theoretical perspective. In presenting an open systems perspective the objective is to overcome the limitations of existing theorising in HRM, in particular to facilitate a move away from the small is beautiful versus bleak house stereotypes evident in much of the literature concerned with HRM in SMEs. The evidence is drawn from six SMEs operating in the Republic of Ireland, using a case study method. The findings show that a complex interplay of external structural factors and internal dynamics shaped HRM in each of the companies. HRM was not the coherent set of practices typically identified in the literature but rather was often informal and emergent. It is argued that the open systems theoretical framework enables a move beyond mere recognition of the complexity and heterogeneity of HRM in SMEs, towards an understanding, accommodation and explanation of particularistic factors en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Human Resource Management Journal en
dc.subject small-to-medium sized-enterprises en
dc.subject open systems theory en
dc.subject contingency theory en
dc.subject Human Resource Management en
dc.subject J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics en
dc.title Capturing complexity: developing an integrated approach to analysing HRM in SMEs en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1748-8583.2006.00004.x en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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