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Staffing Practices in Australian ICT Micro-Firms: growing virtual?

Twyoniak, Stephane & Burrows, Terrena M. (2007) Staffing Practices in Australian ICT Micro-Firms: growing virtual? In AGSE, February, QUT, Brisbane. (Unpublished)

Abstract

Human Resource Management (HRM) research, theory and practice overwhelming views the staffing of firms as a series of discrete functional activities, such as recruitment, selection and training. In this study, we investigate how organisation theory, specifically transaction cost economics (TCE), agency theory and the resource-based-view (RBV), may enhance the understanding of functional HRM practices within the very smallest of firms: micro-firms with fewer than five employees. Our study finds that organisation theory is indeed a useful complement, shedding light on how entrepreneurs manage staffing issues and challenges. Further, this study lends support to the notion that research on entrepreneurial firms differs to that of large, established organisations. Whilst functional perspectives may be appropriate for the latter, due to their greater size and formalisation, a combination of functional and organisational perspectives is beneficial for the former, as using the functional lens on its own does not align with how the owner-managers of micro-firms perceive the issues they need to resolve in managing their organisations, their employees, and their contractors

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ID Code: 6471
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Stephane Tywoniak, Terrena Burrows
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Stephane Twyoniak and Terrena M. Burrows
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:36

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