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Human Resource Management in SMEs: Action Referential Definition

Human Resource Management in SMEs: Action Referential Definition
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Author(s): Pedro Melo (University of Minho, Portugal) and Carolina Machado (University of Minho, Portugal)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 24
Source title: Enterprise Development in SMEs and Entrepreneurial Firms: Dynamic Processes
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Nelson Oly Ndubisi (Griffith University, Australia) and Sonny Nwankwo (University of East London, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2952-3.ch004


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Although small and medium size companies perform a relevant role in world economies, the authors conclude that research in this field focuses more attention on bigger organizations in seeking to understand what happens about the HRM function. However, and looking to the special characteristics of SMEs, it becomes critical to carry out a study, focused particularly on its characteristics, which allow for drawing a conceptual framework capable of helping managers of this kind of organizations to implement HRM practices consistently and adjusted to organizational objectives. The purpose of this research is to develop a conceptual framework which allows a better understanding of the main HRM research lines in SMEs and the underlying importance to HRM professionals.

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