Correlates of perceiving human resource management as a 'problem' in smaller firms

Barrett, Rowena & Meyer, Michael (2010) Correlates of perceiving human resource management as a 'problem' in smaller firms. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 48(2), pp. 133-150.

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Abstract

In this paper we investigate factors likely to correlate with human resource management (HRM) being perceived as a problem in smaller firms. The owner-manager and firm characteristics identified recognise that managerial ‘problems’ can result from a firm’s phase of growth, as well as the way in which an owner-manager’s capacity and characteristics affect their interpretation of such. From a survey of 1200 smaller firms in south east Melbourne (Australia), we use logistic regression on data from 428 respondents to assess organisational and individual factors correlating with perceiving HRM, broadly defined, to be a problem. The highest odds of this occurring were associated with being a larger manufacturing firm which was in a phase of growth other than diversification and which had a long-tenured manager who based the firm’s competitive success on factors other than the quality of staff. Knowing these correlates means assistance to help solve the perceived ‘problem’ with HRM can be more effectively targeted.

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ID Code: 75410
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Human Resource Management, Managerial Problem, Small Business
DOI: 10.1177/1038411110368464
ISSN: 1744-7941
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2014 23:42
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2014 23:08

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