AMO and Resource-based Advantages: Informal HRM Practices in Ethnic Minority Microbusinesses

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Building on the Ability, Motivation, and Opportunity (AMO) model and relying on qualitative interview data from regional ethnic minority micro-businesses, our initial findings suggest that ethnic culture induces Human Resource Management (HRM) practices in our sample enterprises. Our findings are based on 43 qualitative interviews with South Asian ethnic minority micro-businesses in West Yorkshire, Northern Rural England. Thematic analysis of these interviews led to three themes that are informed by ethnic culture and family value systems. Our limited data also revealed that religion either plays a positive role or no role (but is not linked to nativity) in these microbusinesses. This ambiguity vis-à-vis the role of religion is perhaps the consequence that we did ask specific questions to highlight whether our participants perceive religion as a facilitator or an impediment. Further research is needed to overcome this limitation and to enhance our understanding how informality affects micro-business success and sustainability.
Period2 Sep 2020
Event titleBritish Academy of Management Annual Conference 2020
Event typeConference
LocationManchester, United KingdomShow on map