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Can Better Working Conditions Improve the Performance of SMEs? : an International Literature Review.

Author: Richard Croucher; Bianca Stumbitz; Michael Quinlan; Ian Vickers
Publisher: Geneva : International Labour Office, 2013.
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This study reviews the literature on the link between working conditions, safety and health, skills development and productivity in SMEs, revealing evidence of an association between good workplace practices and various types of positive enterprise-level outcomes, including reduced employee turnover and improved profitability.
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Croucher, Richard.
Can better working conditions improve the performance of SMEs? : An international literature review.
Geneva : International Labour Office, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Croucher; Bianca Stumbitz; Michael Quinlan; Ian Vickers
ISBN: 9789221275510 9221275515 9789221275503 9221275507
OCLC Number: 862612029
Description: 1 online resource (104 pages)
Contents: Foreword; Back to Contents; About the authors; Acronyms and abbreviations; Executive summary; 1. Introduction; 2. Method; 3. Theoretical framework: Working conditions and enterprise outcomes; 3.1 The resource-based view; 3.2 Dynamic capabilities; 3.3 Social equity and company-as-community theory; 3.4 Bundles of practice; 3.5 Summary of theoretical framework; 4. International literature review: The relationship between improving working conditions and enter; 4.1 Occupational safety and health; 4.1.1 Overview of influences on OSH; 4.1.2 OSH and enterprise-level outcomes: Findings for all firms. 4.1.3 OSH and enterprise-level outcomes in SMEs4.1.4 Summary on good OSH practice in SMEs; 4.2 Bundles of HR practice; 4.2.1 HR bundles and outcomes; 4.2.2 Summary on the role of HR bundles in SMEs; 4.3 Wages; 4.3.1 The nature of wages; 4.3.2 Reasons for and obstacles to implementation of better wages; 4.3.3 Wages and enterprise-level outcomes; 4.3.4 Summary on wages and enterprise-level outcomes in SMEs; 4.4 Working time; 4.4.1 Working time patterns; 4.4.2 Outcomes of different working time patterns; 4.4.3 Reasons for and obstacles to implementation of better working time. 4.4.4 Summary on working time patterns4.5 Training; 4.5.1 The nature and availability of training in SMEs: A question of formality; 4.5.2 Outcomes for enterprises and employees; 4.5.3 Reasons for and obstacles to implementation of training; 4.5.4 Summary of the nature, availability and outcomes of training in SMEs; 5. Conclusion; ANNEX; Further detailed research reviews: An alphabetical list; Bibliography.

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This study reviews the literature on the link between working conditions, safety and health, skills development and productivity in SMEs, revealing evidence of an association between good workplace practices and various types of positive enterprise-level outcomes, including reduced employee turnover and improved profitability.

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