Performance, HR practices and the HR manager in small Entrepreneurial firms

Gerry Kerr, Sean A. Way, James Thacker

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Research indicating a positive relationship between effective Human Resource (HR) activities (high-performance work systems [HPWS]) and performance has focused primarily on large organizations. The present study provides evidence that the relationship also holds for small firms. As well, the presence of an HR manager is related to having HPWS. However, the effects of firm size on the presence of an HR manager, the incidence of HPWS, and on organizational performance were insignificant. Differences between our findings and similar research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-68
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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