High-Performance Human Resource Practices in Australian Family Businesses: Preliminary Evidence from the Wine Industry

Roland Kidwell, Alan Fish

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    Abstract

    Using quantitative and qualitative approaches, this paper examines the prevalence of high-performance human resource (HR) systems in Australian family businesses. Focusing on the wine industry, we found that establishing formal HR systems, particularly related to to employee involvement and motivation, was positively related to perceived effectiveness of a company's HR function, leadership, strategic alignment and profitability. Results indicated that formalizing HR systems occurs slowly in the industry, and is largely a function of organisational size. This exploratory study shows the need for more in-depth studies in HR in family-run organisations and supports the notion that increased emphasis on people practices is important to operational and financial success in the family business.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe changing entrepreneurial landscape
    EditorsLeslie A Toombs
    Place of PublicationBoca Raton, Florida
    PublisherUS Assoc. for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
    Pages1-14
    Number of pages14
    Volume3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventUS Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship / Small Business Institute Annual Conference - Tuscon, Arizona, New Zealand
    Duration: 12 Jan 200615 Jan 2006

    Conference

    ConferenceUS Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship / Small Business Institute Annual Conference
    CountryNew Zealand
    Period12/01/0615/01/06

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    Kidwell, R., & Fish, A. (2006). High-Performance Human Resource Practices in Australian Family Businesses: Preliminary Evidence from the Wine Industry. In L. A. Toombs (Ed.), The changing entrepreneurial landscape (Vol. 3, pp. 1-14). US Assoc. for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11365-006-0020-1