Diversity and Relational Perspectives
Edited by Katerina Nicolopoulou, Mine Karataş-Özkan, Ahu Tatli and John Taylor
Chapter 5: Entrepreneurship, Culture and Mobility of Knowledge Workers in European ICT SMEs: A Theoretical Framework
Kanellos-Panagiotis Nikolopoulos INTRODUCTION The purpose of this chapter is to describe the theoretical framework of research in small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the Information and communication technologies (ICT) sector in Greece, Ireland and the Netherlands. The research intends to explore the relation between culture, innovation, entrepreneurship and policy-making in European ICT SMEs and has the following aims: It will seek (a) to map the various stakeholders involved in the crosssection of culture, innovation, entrepreneurship and the use of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) instruments, for example, the various EU governments, entrepreneurs, external stakeholders etc. and (b) to highlight ways in which the above-mentioned stakeholders make this interaction at the cross-section between culture, innovation, entrepreneurship and the use of HRM instruments more effective in order to generate insights into the way in which these companies utilize their human resources in Europe so as to meet the challenges of the new globalized environment in which they have to operate. In particular, the study will investigate how the mobility of knowledge workers of ICT SMEs can be increased across the EU. Background and Context for the Proposed Research The role of SMEs in Europe is paramount for various reasons. As Simonetti (2001) points out, there are three reasons why this is the case. First, SMEs are the backbone of the European industrial structure in terms of both number of firms and employment and, since the 1980s, in terms 78 M2670 - NICOLOPOULOU PRINT.indd 78 28/06/2011 16:04 Culture and mobility of knowledge workers in...
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