Towards a more inclusive human resource community:Engaging ethnic minority microbusinesses in human resource development programmes targeted at more productive methods of operating


The economic and social importance of ethnic minority microbusinesses (‘EMMBs’ with 1–9 employees) is neglected in human resource (HR) academic and policy discourse on productive ways of working. This article presents an action research approach to show how academics and intermediaries (local trusted industry representatives) can collaborate to promote HR development programmes targeted at more productive methods of operating in EMMBs. Our research collaboration involves academics, EMMBs (from the catering and creative sectors) and intermediaries. We develop perspectives on HR in small firms by showing how EMMBs can be engaged in initiatives of learning and development targeted at organisational change. The study contributes to recent calls for a more inclusive approach to HR theorising and practice.

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Divisions: ?? RG1018 ??
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors. Human Resource Management Journal published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Funding: Economic and Social Research Council (GrantNumber(s): ES/S012788/1)
Uncontrolled Keywords: HR practices,action research,ethnic minority,microbusinesses,productive work,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Publication ISSN: 1748-8583
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-10-20
Published Online Date: 2021-10-20
Accepted Date: 2021-10-10
Authors: Ram, Monder (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1901-6654)
McCarthy, Imelda (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4715-9831)
Green, Anne
Scully, Judy



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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