Managing Labour in Small Firms

Edited by Susan Marlow, Dean Patton, Monder Ram

© 2004 – Routledge

240 pages

Purchasing Options:
Hardback: 9780415312851
pub: 2004-11-25
US Dollars$180.00

About the Book

The majority of employees currently working in the private sector are now employed in small firms, yet little is known about their working conditions. This collection of essays addresses this gap. Based on theoretical analysis supported by contemporary empirical evidence, the book explores key areas of the employment relationship adding a new perspective to our understanding of contemporary work.


'I would highly recommend this excellent book to all those with an interest in managing labour in smaller firms. It would prove very useful and informative to a wide readership including policy makers, business advisers, researchers, students and owner/managers.' - Education + Training

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Susan Marlow

2. The hunting of the snark: A critical analysis of human resource management discourses in relation to managing labour in smaller organisations Scott Taylor

3. Researching the Employment Relationship in Small Firms: What are the Contributions from the Employment Relations and Small Business Literatures? Robert Blackburn

4. Managerial Strategies in Small Firms Richard Scase

5. Training in smaller firm Dean Patton

6. Breaking out of survival businesses: managing labour, growth and development in the south asian restaurant trade Monder Ram, Trevor Jones, Tahir Abbas and Sara Carter

7. labour regulation and SMEs: A challenge to competitiveness and employability? Mark Hart and Robert Blackburn

8. Small Firms and the National Minimum Wage Jim Arrowsmith and Mark Gilman

9. Managing variable pay systems in smaller workplaces: the significance of employee perceptions of organisational justice Annette Cox

10. Representation, Consultation and the Smaller Firm Alan Ryan

About the Editors

Dr Susan Marlow is Reader in HRM at De Montfort University. She has extensive experience and an international reputation in the field of small HRM research, having her work published in leading academic journals such as Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice.

Dr Dean Patton is Principal Lecturer, Dept of Strategy and Management, De Montfort University; he has undertaken research and consultancy within and on behalf of small firms. His current research interests focus on the evaluation of small firm policy, and training and management development within smaller firms.

Professor Monder Ram is Professor of Small Business, and Director of Small Business and Enterprise Research Group, at De Montfort University. He has extensive experience of working in, researching, and acting as a consultant to ethnic minority businesses. He is author of 'Managing to Survive - Working Lives in Small Firms', and 'Ethnic Minorities in Business' (with T. Jones).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Small Business

There is a growing polarization in the international economy for companies to become either transnational corporations or small businesses. This dualism means the experience of the small business is quite different to that of a large corporation. The life of a small business is often shorter, riskier and more entwined with the personality of the entrepreneur. In this prestigious series, case-studies and the latest research are used to reveal the regional, national and international role of the small business.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship