New Book by Dr. Ciara Nolan Explores Unique HR Challenges in SMEs

Published: 9 May, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that, Ciara Nolan, Ph.D. Nolan, a lecturer in the TU Dublin School of Management, People and Organisations, has recently co-edited a book titled "Reframing HRM in SMEs: Challenges and Dynamics." Published by Palgrave Macmillan and co-edited by Brian Harney from DCU Business School, the book sheds light on the distinctive human resource management (HRM) issues faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The publication, which features contributions from esteemed scholars across various universities worldwide, including the University of Nottingham, Tilburg University, The Manchester Metropolitan University, and more, addresses the pressing challenges encountered by SMEs in managing their workforce. These challenges stem from the inherent constraints of smallness and newness, as well as resource limitations concerning employee attraction, development, and retention

Unlike conventional HRM literature categorizing topics by functional areas or best practices, Dr. Nolan's book takes a fresh approach. Divided into two sections—HR Challenges and HR Dynamics—the collection explores how external and internal factors intersect to shape HRM within SMEs. By reframing the discourse, the book aims to provide valuable insights for students, academics, HR professionals, and entrepreneurs seeking a deeper understanding of HRM in small business settings.

Prof. Monder Ram OBE, Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School, commended the book for its comprehensive exploration of HR issues in small enterprises. He praised the authors for skillfully addressing the complex dynamics of HR within the SME context.

Whether you're a student, academic, HR professional, or entrepreneur, "Reframing HRM in SMEs: Challenges and Dynamics" is a vital resource for anyone interested in enhancing their understanding of HR practices in small businesses. 

Further details about the book can be found here