Researching the employment relationship in small firms: What are the contributions from the employment relations and small business literatures?
This chapter will discuss the evolution of knowledge on employment in small firms by exploring both the employment relations and small firms’ literatures. The discussion will also examine the methodological and practical issues facing those seeking to collect and analyse data and provide interpretations of labour management and employment relations in the small enterprise. Overall, it will demonstrate that although researching the employment relationship in small firms is not easy, there has been steady progress in our understanding of this relationship. Some of the reasons for this progress will be explored.