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Small business revivalism: employment relations in small and medium-sized enterprises

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Oliver Mallett



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This e-special issue focuses on employment relations in the context of ‘small business revivalism’ and an ‘enterprise culture’ that has sought to establish a so-called ‘entrepreneurial economy’ (Parker, 2011). Economic restructuring and other political, social and economic changes in the 1970s and 1980s led to an increase in the number and prominence of small and medium-sized enterprises, with implications for the working lives of many people who are now more likely to work as self-employed, freelancers or members of smaller organisations. This e-special issue presents research from Work, Employment and Society that considers important elements of these changes including debates about the influences of businesses’ external and internal environments, family relations and government policy. This introduction provides a general overview of the field of employment relations in small and medium-sized enterprises and the 11 articles included in the e-special issue.

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Author(s): Mallett O, Wapshott R

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: Work, Employment and Society

Year: 2017

Volume: 31

Issue: 4

Pages: 719-726

Print publication date: 01/08/2017

Online publication date: 22/03/2017

Acceptance date: 21/12/2016

ISSN (print): 0950-0170

ISSN (electronic): 1469-8722

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/0950017017690503


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