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Chapter 1

Introduction to HRM and Specific Aspects of SMEs


The aims of the section are to:


  • Introduce HRM: main approaches, processes, current issues etc. (framework/overview).
  • Explain trends in globalisation, digitalisation and demographic developments.
  • Present specific aspects of SMEs compared with large companies (qualitative aspects).
  • Emphasise the special contexts of HRM in the five SHARPEN project regions and the special situation of regional SMEs.
  • Explain particular aspects of HRM and performance in SMEs.
  • Provide quantitative data on HRM for SMEs (specifics from SHARPEN research).
  • Introduce a SHARPEN research case study about on-boarding processes for a student activity.


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Technical University in Liberec, Faculty of Economics