Growing pains: managing the employment relationship in medium-sized enterprises

Marlow, S. and Thompson, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-0930-0088, 2008. Growing pains: managing the employment relationship in medium-sized enterprises. In: R. Barrett and S. Mayson, eds., International handbook of entrepreneurship and HRM. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 224-241. ISBN 9781845429263

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Since the early 1990s, growing attention has been afforded to employment relations in smaller firms. Generally, such organisations are more likely to adopt an informal approach to labour management facilitated by the proximity between employers and employees, idiosyncratic intervention by firms owners and a reluctance to employ professional HR managers. However, as firms grow, this approach is difficult to sustain as the employment relationship becomes increasingly intricate. This paper explores the management of employment relations within growing firms. Using a qualitative approach to explore how change is managed as firms become more complex, owners, Chief Executives, managers, HR managers and employees from six medium sized firms have been interviewed at length to ascertain their experiences and views upon this process.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Marlow, S. and Thompson, A.
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Place of Publication: Cheltenham
Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781845429263
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 06 Apr 2016 11:09
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:00

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