Managing employee performance in small organisations: Challenges and opportunities

Alan Nankervis, Pauline Stanton

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The management of employee performance is recognised as one of the most important elements of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM). This paper reports on a qualitative research study of the application of performance theory and practice in a sample of small organisations in Melbourne, Australia. The findings suggest that the difficulties for small organisations in performance management application are of different kinds than larger ones and provide just as many challenges and opportunities, but are more heavily reliant on the interpersonal skills and competencies of their managers to achieve similar aims.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-151
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resources Development and Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Performance management
  • SHRM
  • Small and micro-business
  • Strategic human resource management


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