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Dutch ManHurs : HR-scan in Dutch SME's

Bulthuis, Laurens (2006) Dutch ManHurs : HR-scan in Dutch SME's.

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Abstract:Because of the limited understanding of effective HRM activities in SME's the clear relevance of the topic both from an academic point of view and from the standpoint of owners/ directors of such companies and because of the importance of SME's in our economies the university of Twente decided to start a research programme on HRM in Dutch SME's with the help of Saxion Hogeschool Deventer. The longterm goal is to try and find configurations of hr-policies and practices that work for different classes of SME's. This paper is however the first step towards this long term goal and as such it seeks to develop a theoretical framework on HR-policies and practices in SME's. The research question is to find out what the current role and position is of the HR-department in the Dutch SME's. To do this a theoretical model was developed and operationalised into a preliminary questionnaire to see if configurations could be found in this kind of companies. With this questionnaire a pilot survey study was conducted. The pilot survey did not produce the results expected, mainly because it proved difficult to get the right population, but the effort did help in getting a better understanding of the topic. With this newfound insight the questionnaire and research model can be improved so a further use in large scale quantitative research is possible.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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