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.
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
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