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Colloquium – A meta-analysis of different HR-enhancing practices and performance of small and medium sized firms

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Op dinsdag 22 maart  aanstaande presenteert in de colloquiareeks 2015 – 2016 van het Expertisecentrum –  dr. Andreas J. Rauch  verbonden aan de Universiteit van Groningen

U bent van harte welkom om het colloquium bij te wonen. De aanvangstijd is 15:30 (Zerniketerrein Groningen). Voor meer informatie en de exacte lokatie neemt u contact op met het secretariaat van de vakgroep Human Resource Management en Organizational Behaviour; tel.nr. 050 363 4288.

Abstract titel

A meta-analysis of different HR-enhancing practices and performance of small and medium sized firms

Abstract

The role of human capital has received considerable attention in research on small and medium sized firms. However, much uncertainty remains as to how human resource (HR) enhancing practices affect the performance of small and medium sized firms, whether some practices have stronger effects than others, and which contingencies influence these effects. Relying on the framework proposed by Subramony (2009), we propose that small and medium sized firms need to implement HR practices that focus on enhancing skills, motivation, and empowerment. The results of our meta-analysis comprising 56 studies that focused on small andmedium sized enterprises (SME) indicate that HR-enhancing practices are correlated with firm performance (rc=.23).  Moreover, empowerment enhancing HR practices outperform motivation-enhancing HR practices.  Additional moderator analyses suggest a contingency approach to HR enhancing practices. We compare the results of this meta-analysis with meta-analyses performed in the large firm context. Overall,  our results indicate that HR-enhancing practices have to be adapted to the SME context.

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