Human resource management strategies for small ...

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Title Human resource management strategies for small territories: an alternative proposition
Author(s) Godfrey Baldacchino
Journal International Journal of Educational Development
Date 2001
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 205
End page 215
Abstract This paper tackles the issue of educational development from a somewhat different, and still under-explored, perspective: that of human resource management (HRM). This paper argues that small territories have, often blindly, accepted an 'industrial relations' (IR) framework that is much more at home in the formalistic, mass production and mass employment based, manufacturing economies of the industrialised world. While the future of 'IR' in these settings is also being called into question today, small territories have been hard put all along to apply their labour relations practice to the strictures of this theory. An inductive analysis of the human resource condition in small territories reveals rather a contextual disposition for empowerment and entrepreneurship - a critical component for successful HRM practice - which is often unacknowledged, let alone addressed in public policy. The paper identifies aspects of current industrial relations as well as educational practice that could be addressed in order to better tap the benefits of this different understanding of human resourcefulness. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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