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Enhancing Chinese SME performance through innovative HR practices

Zheng, Connie, O'Neill, Grant and Morrison, Mark 2009, Enhancing Chinese SME performance through innovative HR practices, Personnel review, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 175-194.

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Title Enhancing Chinese SME performance through innovative HR practices
Author(s) Zheng, Connie
O'Neill, Grant
Morrison, Mark
Journal name Personnel review
Volume number 38
Issue number 2
Start page 175
End page 194
Total pages 20
Publisher Emerald
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 0048-3486
1758-6933
Keyword(s) business performance
China
human resource management
innovation
small to medium-sized enterprises
Summary Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show how understanding of human resource (HR) management practices which have been adopted in the emerging markets such as that in China is particularly interesting to academia and management practitioners. The purpose of this study is to shed some light on the implementation of innovative HR practices among 74 Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to explain how the HR practices influence their firm performance.

Design/methodology/approach – Cluster analysis is used to group Chinese SMEs according to their adoption of innovative human resource (HR) practices and examine how the practices are associated with HR outcomes and firm performance.

Findings – It is found that the membership of clusters is influenced by several factors, including ownership, age and size of firms. These characteristics have influenced the motivation, capacity and ability of firms in the sample to adopt high performance human resource practices. The extent to which firms have adopted innovative human resource practices is shown to be closely associated with human resource outcomes and firm performance.

Originality/value – The key implication is that SMEs, especially those rapidly developing domestic and collectively owned small firms, as well as those state-owned enterprises in China, may see clearly the benefits of devoting greater attention to HR practices to achieve their future growth potential.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner. The final published version is available from the journal homepage www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1770532&show=abstract
Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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