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Human Resource Management with Small Firms; Facts and Explanations


Jan M. P. De Kok


EIM Business and Policy Research

Lorraine M. Uhlaner


EDHEC Business School

Roy Thurik


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics (CASBEC); Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research; Tinbergen Institute

19 2003 3,

ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2003-015-STR

Abstract:     
This study examines determinants of the formalization of HRM practices with small firms. We derive five hypotheses that identify possible determinants of the level of formalization, including firm size, family business, the availability of an HRM department or HRM manager, and the existence of a formal business plan. We test these hypotheses using data on more than 700 Dutch small firms. We find that, within this sample of small firms, larger firms apply more formalized HRM practices than smaller firms do. However, once we take certain contextual variables into account, the direct relation with firm size becomes substantially less. Indirect relations with firm size also exist: firm size is a determinant of the probability that an HRM department is present, which in turn is related to the formalization of all HRM scales. Finally, family businesses apply less formal HRM practices, as do businesses without a business plan.

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Keywords: firm behavior, labor relations, personnel management, small and medium-sized enterprises

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Date posted: May 28, 2003  

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de Kok, Jan M. P. and Uhlaner, Lorraine M. and Thurik, Roy, Human Resource Management with Small Firms; Facts and Explanations (19 2003 3,). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2003-015-STR. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=411655

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Jan M. P. De Kok
EIM Business and Policy Research ( email )
Postbus 7001
2701 AA Zoetermeer
Netherlands
+31 79 341 36 34 (Phone)
Lorraine M. Uhlaner
EDHEC Business School ( email )
24 avenue Gustave Delory
Roubaix, 59057
France
Roy Thurik (Contact Author)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Centre for Advanced Small Business Economics (CASBEC) ( email )
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands
+31 10 408 2232 (Phone)
+31 10 408 9146 (Fax)
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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) ( email )
P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands
EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research
Postbus 7001
2701 AA Zoetermeer
Netherlands
+31 79 341 3634 (Phone)
+31 79 331 3742 (Fax)
Tinbergen Institute ( email )
Burg. Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands
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