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People management in SMEs: an analysis of human resource strategies in family and non-family businesses

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This paper examines the findings of a large-scale postal survey based on an adaptation of the Cranfield Network (CRANET) Survey of International Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) to facilitate the analysis of HRM practices in the SME business environment. These findings are considered in light of a review of HRM literature. The survey utilised a sample of 1,369 organisations representing every company employing between 20-100 people in Northern Ireland. This paper analyses key issues emerging from the 219 (16 per cent) responses received and provides a comparison of HRM practices in family and non-family businesses. Overall, the findings suggest that family business practices within HRM are different than their non-family counterparts.
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Keywords: Family Firms; Human Resources; Northern Ireland; Small- To Medium-Sized Enterprises

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-08-21

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