Control and Commitment HRM Systems in SME Family Firms

A Qualitative Study of Hybrid Forms

Daniela Gauci Borda, Nina Hansen, Julie Gore

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Abstract

For a long time, scholars have highlighted the importance of strategic HRM - in form of consistent bundles of HRM practices – and have studied the positive impact of HRM system on firm performance. However, strategic HRM research in small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) family businesses remains in its infancy. The aim of this study is therefore to enhance the understanding of HRM systems in SME family businesses and to identify the main characteristics of strategic HRM in this context and to especially analyze hybrid forms between control and commitment HRM systems. It is also one of the first qualitative empirical studies in this field, which is based on semi-structured interviews with managers and directors from SME family firms in Malta. Empirical findings show that there is a variety in the implementation of different combinations of HRM practices on the spectrum between control and commitment HRM. We identify two new hybrid systems: The “selective” control and the “informal” commitment HRM systems as one major contribution of this study. The findings shed light on the importance of context in implementing an effective HRM system. Furthermore, we derive some relevant practical implications including the identification of key areas for potential improvement of HRM systems adopted by SME family businesses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-39
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2019
EventAcademy of Management Conference: Understanding the inclusive organisation - USA, Boston, USA United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201913 Aug 2019

Conference

ConferenceAcademy of Management Conference
Abbreviated titleAOM
CountryUSA United States
CityBoston
Period9/08/1913/08/19

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Gauci Borda, D., Hansen, N., & Gore, J. (2019). Control and Commitment HRM Systems in SME Family Firms: A Qualitative Study of Hybrid Forms. 1-39. Paper presented at Academy of Management Conference, Boston, USA United States.

Control and Commitment HRM Systems in SME Family Firms : A Qualitative Study of Hybrid Forms. / Gauci Borda, Daniela; Hansen, Nina; Gore, Julie.

2019. 1-39 Paper presented at Academy of Management Conference, Boston, USA United States.

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Gauci Borda, D, Hansen, N & Gore, J 2019, 'Control and Commitment HRM Systems in SME Family Firms: A Qualitative Study of Hybrid Forms' Paper presented at Academy of Management Conference, Boston, USA United States, 9/08/19 - 13/08/19, pp. 1-39.
Gauci Borda D, Hansen N, Gore J. Control and Commitment HRM Systems in SME Family Firms: A Qualitative Study of Hybrid Forms. 2019. Paper presented at Academy of Management Conference, Boston, USA United States.
Gauci Borda, Daniela ; Hansen, Nina ; Gore, Julie. / Control and Commitment HRM Systems in SME Family Firms : A Qualitative Study of Hybrid Forms. Paper presented at Academy of Management Conference, Boston, USA United States.39 p.
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