The contours of employee voice in SMEs: The importance of context

Gilman, M. and Raby, S. and Pyman, A. (2015) The contours of employee voice in SMEs: The importance of context. Human Resource Management Journal, 25 (4). pp. 563-579. ISSN 09545395 (ISSN)

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Abstract

This article develops a context-sensitive approach to analyse how and why voice operates in small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), an area that remains under-theorised and under-researched. By building on a priori frameworks with proven ability to unpack complexity and take account of the wider context of SMEs, this article explores how resources (human and social capital) and constraints (product market, labour market and strategic orientation) interact to shape voice practices. The article finds significant differences between 'reported' compared with 'actual' practices in situ, and identifies different types of firms ('strategic market regulation', 'strategic market-led' and 'non-strategic market-led') along with the factors that influence the form and practice of voice. Overall, the article argues that researchers should further pursue research that appreciates the layered nature of ontology and the role played by firm context to explain complex organisational phenomena, if we are to advance our understanding of voice practices in SMEs and beyond. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employee voice, Employment relations, HRM, SME
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA19: Business and Management Studies
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Enterprise and Innovation Centre
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2016 14:40
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2016 14:40
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1637

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