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

Gilman, Mark, Raby, Simon and Pyman, Amanda 2015, The contours of employee voice in SMEs: the importance of context, Human resource management journal, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 563-579, doi: 10.1111/1748-8583.12086.

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Title The contours of employee voice in SMEs: the importance of context
Author(s) Gilman, Mark
Raby, Simon
Pyman, AmandaORCID iD for Pyman, Amanda
Journal name Human resource management journal
Volume number 25
Issue number 4
Start page 563
End page 579
Total pages 17
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0954-5395
Keyword(s) employee voice
employment relations
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1748-8583.12086
Field of Research 150306 Industrial Relations
Socio Economic Objective 910401 Industrial Relations
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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