HRD in Small Organisations: Research and Practice

By Jim Stewart; Graham Beaver | Go to book overview
Save to active project


Researching and practising HRD in small organisations

Jim Stewart and Graham Beaver


This book arose out of the ESRC funded Research Seminar Series on ‘HRD: the emerging theoretical agenda and empirical research’. The series itself was an initiative of the University Forum for HRD. The Forum had identified the practice of HRD in small organisations as both an underdeveloped and growing field of research and so one of the award holders of the ESRC grant and co-editor of this volume, Jim Stewart, organised a seminar on the subject. The papers presented at the seminar form the core of the book and are joined by additional contributions from leading researchers in the field, drawn from membership of the UFHRD.

In common with the other volumes in the Studies in HRD Series, the overall purpose of the book is to advance knowledge and understanding of the concept of HRD and its professional practice. Debate on the meaning of the concept continues to be vigorous (see McGoldrick et al. 2002) and so this volume does not impose or even reflect a single or unified definition. Neither does it reflect a single research paradigm. All of the chapters are based on recent or current research. However, there is diversity in the methodological assumptions informing the design of that research. The contributions therefore reflect the eclectic nature of HRD research and writing signalled and celebrated by McGoldrick et al. (2002). What is distinctive and important about the contributions is the common and unifying focus on small organisations. The latter term is a deliberate choice. The more commonly used term small and medium enterprises (SMEs) was rejected for three reasons. First, that term implies and is associated with organisations operating for profit in industrial and commercial sectors of the economy. By definition, this excludes the public and voluntary sectors, although it is recognised and acknowledged that the latter is likely to be most significant in terms of organisation size as a defining characteristic. The factor of size though is the second reason for rejecting the term SME. Various official agencies such as the European Commission and ministries of national governments provide and operate different definitions of SME based on numbers employed. This variety is reflected in the contributions to this volume. Our position as editors has been to accept the variety of definitions applied by the contributions. Finally, our view is that the term SME tends to emphasise and support the assumption of scaled down versions of large or larger organisations. In contrast, the term small organisations


Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this page

Cited page

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
HRD in Small Organisations: Research and Practice


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 319

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?