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Size matters: An examination of the commitment of large organisations and SMEs to HRD in the pursuit of organisational performance.

Donnelly, Michèle (1999) Size matters: An examination of the commitment of large organisations and SMEs to HRD in the pursuit of organisational performance. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This dissertation examines whether or not large organisations are more committed to human resource development (HRD) in the pursuit of organisational performance than small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). More and more emphasis is being placed on the fact that the employees of an organisation are invaluable resources, which if invested in, will facilitate the realisation of organisational goals. The Hotel Industry is heavily dependent on people, relying on it's employees in order to remain successful. For this reason, the primary research for this dissertation was conducted on the Hotel Industry in Ireland.

A combination of primary and secondary research was used in order to fulfil the specific information requirements of this dissertation. A survey, in the form of a mail questionnaire, was carried out on an equal number of large organisations and SMEs in the Hotel Industry in Ireland, in order to elicit the primary data. The findings of the questionnaire revealed that, although a large number of SMEs perceived their commitment to HRD to be more than adequate, large organisations were, in fact, significantly more strategically and financially committed to HRD. The apparent lack of commitment to HRD in SMEs can be explained by a number of factors including: financial difficulties, a lack of knowledge concerning the commercial benefits of HRD, a lack of attitudes to support and facilitate HRD and problems with the identification and analysis of training needs.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Small Business Sector
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2010 11:03
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2014 13:37
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/347

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