National Context as a Predictor of High Performance Work Systems in SMEs: A British-French Comparative Analysis

Gilman, Mark W. and Raby, Simon O. (2012) National Context as a Predictor of High Performance Work Systems in SMEs: A British-French Comparative Analysis. International Journal of Human Resource Management . ISSN 0958-5192. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

High-performance work systems (HPWSs), a large firm model, have recently attracted interest within small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In addition, institutional settings have been shown as an important determinant in the types of human resource management (HRM) practices adopted by employers. This paper progresses these topics through a comparative analysis of SMEs within Cote d'Opale/Nord Pas de Calais (French) and Kent (UK) regions. Clear divergence is evident in the nature of HPWS. Whilst UK SMEs are found to adopt a wider range of practices, French firms exhibit a higher degree of integration portrayed through a collective range of practices that engender employee participation and commitment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: comparative HRM, high-performance work systems, institutional context, small-to-medium-sized enterprises
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2012 15:30
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 08:48
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/29877 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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