learning and strategic HRD – how are they valuable for small firms?
Saru, Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland
this paper the issues of organizational learning and strategic human resource
management are discussed from the viewpoint of small firms. The aim of
this paper is to clarify the human resource management problems in a small
firm and to find some suggestions on how these problems could be solved.
The target organization in this research is a small expert design agency
that specializes in HPAC-systems (heating, pluming and air-conditioning)
and especially systems in hospitals and other official buildings. This
is a qualitative case study which applies the method of action research.
The gathering of the data is still unfinished and therefore the empirical
part of this paper includes mostly descriptive material. The theoretical
issues explored in this paper include organizational learning, learning
organizations and strategic human resource development. The people process
model is introduced as an example of a model that combines the human resources
with the business strategy. The special perspective of small firms is also
presented at the 6th international conference on HRD research and practice
across Europe: Human resource development - addressing the value. Leeds
25-27 May 2005. (Abstract; full paper incl. in CD-ROM).