Employment systems in small firms: a multilevel analysis

Verreynne, Martie-Louise, Parker, Polly and Wilson, Marie (2013) Employment systems in small firms: a multilevel analysis. International Small Business Journal, 31 4: 405-431. doi:10.1177/0266242611401445

Author Verreynne, Martie-Louise
Parker, Polly
Wilson, Marie
Title Employment systems in small firms: a multilevel analysis
Journal name International Small Business Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0266-2426
Publication date 2013-06
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0266242611401445
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 31
Issue 4
Start page 405
End page 431
Total pages 27
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This exploratory study draws upon the perspectives of employees and managers from 50 small Australian firms to build a more complete and nuanced view of the interaction of human resources and capabilities with firm performance. Specifically, it uses a mixed methods multilevel design that elicits employee perspectives of employment systems and chief executive officer (CEO) assessments of firm performance. Results show that higher performing firms had better rated employment systems, with a cluster of human resource practices which included greater informality, employee engagement and participation. The views of employees were more discriminating and diagnostic than those of CEOs. The article discusses the implications of these findings for the study of employment systems and human resource management in small firms.
Keyword Employment systems
High-performance work systems
Human resource management
Small firms
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online July 29, 2011.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Sun, 13 Mar 2011, 10:21:44 EST by Dr Martie-louise Verreynne on behalf of UQ Business School