HR Opportunities & Challenges in SMEs: Strategic HR, Working Conditions, Employee Voice & Talent Sustainability



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The main objective of this year’s conference is to explore the developments of HRM in Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The attraction, motivation and development of employees have long been recognized as important challenges that SMEs face. However, there is still limited conceptual and empirical research on HRM in SMEs (Festing et al, 2013; Psychogios, et al, 2016). Often HRM that developed within large firms are applied uncritically within SMEs (Heneman, et al, 2000) neglecting that SMEs are different with regards to their institutional, resource and economic contexts (Krishnan, & Scullion, 2017). So, there is still only limited empirical research on how HRM is practiced in SMEs in general (Massey and Campbell, 2013; Messersmith and Wales, 2013; Parker and Verreynne, 2013) and especially those operating in turbulent economies (Teague & Roche, 2014; Prouska, et al, 2016). 

In this respect, the conference will seek to increase understanding of the nature of strategic HR, working conditions and talent management in SMEs. It will explore the key characteristics of SMEs that influence strategic HRM. The way that SMEs deal with HRM in different contexts will be also examined. Moreover, working conditions in SMEs will be investigated. Arguably, economic downturn has dramatically worsened business conditions and forced many SMEs to become hostile working places (Roche et al, 2011) and lead towards adverse working conditions (Psychogios, et al, 2017). The conference will seek to explore SME employees and managers’ engagement in re-formulating working conditions as well as the role of HR in managing working conditions in various post-crisis contexts. Finally, the conference will aim to critically examine the applicability of large firm talent management approaches and practices to the SME sector.



This event will take place on 4th June 2019


Who Should Attend

We invite contributions from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives that address any of the areas of the conference theme:
• HR Strategies in SMEs, 
• The nature of Talent Management in SMEs, 
• Performance & Reward Management in SMEs, 
• Training & Development in SMEs, 
• Employee Voice/Silence in SMEs, 
• Working conditions in SMEs,
• Working relations (employee-employee; employee-management; management-management) in SMEs, 
• The role of managers/owners in managing HR within SMEs, 
• Well-being, physical and mental health and work-life balance in SMEs,
• Institutional & Cultural influences on HRM in SMEs,
• HRM in SMEs in turbulent contexts with special focus on emerging and crisis economies. 
• MNCs’ influence on HR practices in SMEs


Benefits of Attendance

The intention is to bring together academics, practitioners, and policy makers and to create a collaborative network in the broad area of Human Resource Management

Benefits of Attendance:
• Showcase and promote your research 
• Develop research ideas through discussion and feedback from experienced colleagues 
• Expand your networking and enhance collaboration with researchers and practitioners in the field



Birmingham City University
The Hive
The Curzon Building
4 Cardigan street
B4 7BD
Birmingham, UK


Paper Submission Details

Please submit an extended abstract of up to 2000 words via email to Prof. Alexandros Psychogios: 
In the submission e-mail, please attach the abstract in a word or pdf file and include the following information in the message: Title, Author(s) Name(s), E-mail

Deadline for submissions: 1 April 2019 at 12.00 noon UK time

Acceptance notifications: 15th April 2019



Professor Kiran Trehan (University of Birmingham, UK) 
Professor Peter Ackers (University of Loughborough, UK)



Final Programme


Provider Information

British Academy of Management Human Resource Management Special Interest Group
Birmingham City University kindly sponsors the facilities for the event



Participants need to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. There are plenty of good quality hotels in the city centre of Birmingham, which is just a short walk to the venue of the conference. 
The closest hotel is Clayton:


Travel Information

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Additional Information

Areas of interest: Human Resource Management & Organisational Psychology



If you have any specific queries about this event or would like to discuss a potential submission, please contact:

Prof. Alexandros Psychogios – email: 
Dr. Peter Beszter – email: 
Dr. Martyn Brown – email:

For general enquiries please contact Linh Dang at the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at


Event Fee 

The price for this event is £55 for BAM Members. 
Non-BAM members are welcome to attend. The price is at £75 for non-BAM members



Deadline for registration for paper presenters: 20th May 2019

Deadline for registration for non-presenting participants: 1st June 2019


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Cancelation Policy - Should you wish to cancel your place, you will receive a full refund if your cancelation is made 4 weeks prior to the event. After this, full payment will be required.  BAM reserves the right to cancel the event if there are not enough people to justify running the workshops.


4th June 2019   through   3:00 PM
4 Cardigan Street
The Hive
Curzon Building
B4 7BD
United Kingdom
BAM Member £ 55.00
Non-BAM Member £ 75.00
Event Information
Product Code 415312
Event Provider British Academy of Management & Birmingham City University
Date / Time 4th June 2019
Venue Birmingham City University
Event Type Conference
Target Audience All Levels
Price £55 for BAM Members. £75 for Non-BAM members
Booking Deadline 1 June 2019
Link to Booking Form
Contact For more information on this event please contact the BAM Office on +44(0)2073837770, or at
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