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Placing SMEs at the Forefront of SHRM Literature

Placing SMEs at the Forefront of SHRM Literature
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Author(s): Josh Bendickson (Louisiana State University, USA), Eric W. Liguori (California State University – Fresno, USA), Jeffrey Muldoon (Louisiana State University, USA), Lindsay N. Newport (The Martin Agency, USA) and K. Mark Weaver (University of South Alabama, USA)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 21
Source title: Effective Human Resources Management in Small and Medium Enterprises: Global Perspectives
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Carolina Machado (University of Minho, Portugal) and Pedro Melo (University of Minho, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4731-2.ch011

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Abstract

High Performance Work Practices (HPWPs) provide firms with resources to improve employee- and firm-level outcomes. While recent literature in this field begins to explore the role and benefits of HPWPs in Small- to Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), much remains unknown. To address this deficiency, the authors explore the dominant HPWPs used by SMEs, demonstrating that in some U.S. firms SMEs are just as human resource savvy as their larger counterparts. Ultimately, they both advance the SHRM literature and provide a better understanding of the common HPWPs (e.g., compensation, training, development, etc.) used by U.S. SMEs.

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