Table of Contents

Human Resource Management in Small Business

Human Resource Management in Small Business

Achieving Peak Performance

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Cary L. Cooper and Ronald J. Burke

Human Resource Management in Small Business fills a gap in our understanding of economic performance. Small businesses are more numerous, have more employees, and contribute more to the economies of nations throughout the world than do large organizations. This book examines a range of issues, including the significance of human resource management (HRM) practices to small business success, the management of work hours and work stressors, work and family issues, succession planning, employee recruitment and selection, and managing staff. It also explores how individuals develop HRM skills, and learn from their own and others’ experiences. The role of HRM practices in successful small businesses is illustrated through a range of case studies.

Chapter 9: Addressing Personal and Family Transitions in Small Businesses: Effective Human Resource Management Practices

Kyle Fuschetti and Jeffrey M. Pollack

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, human resource management, organisational behaviour


Kyle Fuschetti and Jeffrey M. Pollack INTRODUCTION As the global economy attempts to recover from one of the worst economic downturns in recent memory, some of the most pivotal players on the road to recovery might not be household names like General Electric, General Dynamics, or General Motors. Rather, with small businesses becoming more and more important to the global economy, it might be businesses with names such as Jim’s General Store that most aid the economic recovery. In fact, the growing importance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is a global trend that drives productivity, innovation, and employment growth in both developed as well as developing nations (e.g., Ayyagari et al., 2007; Van Praag & Versloot, 2007). However, though the importance and the prevalence of SMEs have increased, SMEs still face multiple obstacles. Globally, failure rates in SMEs within the first three years of operations range from roughly 30 percent to upwards of 50 percent (for an initial review and introduction to relevant controversies see Headd, 2003; Van Praag, 2003). Overall, though it is important for owners as well as stakeholders of SMEs to be aware of the high proportion of failure, it is more important to understand why high numbers of SMEs fail. Multiple categories of reasons exist that attempt to explain the general causes of business failures such as lack of planning and organization (e.g., insufficient business planning, lack of long-term outlook, inaccurate analysis of competitive environment, unrealistic expectations), lack of knowledge or experience (e.g., lack of business...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information