DETERMINANTS OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN SMALL FIRMS

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DETERMINANTS OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN SMALL FIRMS

 

ABSTRACT
The project is on the determinants of human resource management practices in small firms. The brief background of the study captures U.C block industry as a case study. The type of staff required for small scale business is mainly unskilled staff with little or no qualification but with the physical strength to match the work profile. The major problem of the study is declining performance of firms in the block industry in Enugu and its environs due to such factors as hiring of people over 40 years of age for labour, inadequate contacts and lack of sensitivity in the choice of location. The objectives of the study were: to identify the relationship between hiring people over 40 years of age for labour in a block industry and performance. To examine the effect of lack of adequate contact/public relation and performance and to carryout a sensitivity analysis of location in the positioning of a block industry. Data collection instrument were questionnaires, interviews and observation. A total of nine (9) questionnaires were distributed to workers of U.C. block industry personally by the researcher out of which seven (7) were duly completed while likert scale method was applied in solving the research hypotheses ∑fx. The findings indicate that MAN is the most important factor of production; work N is done for the satisfaction it brings other than MONEY EXCEPT working because of the money or the nature of work required in the business will determine the HRM practice of that firm. The study from its findings recommends that: proper operational goals should be adhered to. The work attitude of the staff should be improved to help management. Management should involve the staff in constant training/development to ensure efficient and effective delivery.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title page i
Certification page ii
Dedication iii
Acknowledgment iv
Table of Contents v
List of Tables vii
List of Figures ix
Abstract xi

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background to the Study
1.2 Statement of Problem
1.3 Objectives of the Study
1.4 Research Hypotheses
1.5 Significance of the Study
1.6 Scope of the Study
1.7 limitation of the study

CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1 Concept of small firms
2.2 Characteristics of small firms
2.3 concept of small firms human resources
2.4 human resources management processes
2.5 determinants practices in small firms

CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.0 Research design
3.1 Area of the study
3.2 Populations for data collection
3.4 Sample and sampling techniques for the study
3.5 Data collection instrument
3.6 Validation of the instrument
3.7 Method of data analysis
CHAPTER FOUR: PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF DATA
4.1 Presentations of data

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY OF FINDINGS, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1 Major findings
5.2 Conclusions
5.3 Recommendation
References
Appendix
Questionnaire

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