Rowena Barrett

Rowena Barrett
Edith Cowan University · School of Business

PhD

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Education
January 1995 - December 2001
University of Melbourne
Field of study
  • Industrial Relations

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Publications (48)
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This article explores the culture-regulations-gender triad in relation to SMEs’ performance. Using a firm-level panel dataset drawn from 27 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia between 2005 and 2014, we show that women and men experience and respond differently to regulations. Women take regulations very seriously and as a resul...
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In this essay, we develop a new argument about how the concept of embeddedness and a sensemaking approach can be used to theorise small firms' regulatory responses, especially to employment regulation. We want to move beyond the simplistic and narrow conceptualisations of resistant action in small firms in response to regulation. We contribute to t...
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An understanding of ethnic and immigrant entrepreneurship is developed in this paper by exploring how ethnic and entrepreneurial identities intersect. Bourdieu's concept of habitus frames the analysis of narratives of five post-war Polish entrepreneurs in Leicester. The narrative analysis illuminates the multilayered and nuanced nature of identitie...
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Purpose – Ethnic entrepreneurship is, and always has been, a means of survival. However, there is limited literature on ethnic entrepreneurship in Australia and therefore, an understanding of ethnic entrepreneurs’ motivations to become self-employed. The purpose of this paper is to report the influential factors in the decision to engage in self-em...
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A study of ten Polish entrepreneurs operating in Leicester, UK is reported in this article. The concepts of social, cultural and economic capital are used as the lens through which to explore the way the capital they access is employed and converted into entrepreneurial activity. Ethnic entrepreneurship takes place within wider social, political an...
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In this paper we investigate factors likely to correlate with human resource management (HRM) being perceived as a problem in smaller firms. The owner-manager and firm characteristics identified recognise that managerial ‘problems’ can result from a firm’s phase of growth, as well as the way in which an owner-manager’s capacity and characteristics...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the reality of financial and management accounting in a small group of small firms. Specifically, from the owner's perspective, an exploration is undertaken to see what financial information is collected, how it is used (or not) to make business decisions and evaluate the firm's performance, and t...
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In recent years there has been a growing literature on human resource management (HRM) and smaller firms which has also encompassed firms that are growing and entrepreneurial. For example we have seen a special edition of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (Katz et aI., 2000), two of Human Resource Management Review (Baron, 2003; Barrett and Mays...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of workshops as a learning tool for small business owner-managers (SBO-Ms). It aims to concentrate on workshops delivered over 18 months from January 2007 to July 2008 as part of several publicly-funded small business development programmes in two Australian local government areas...
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When Jeff Kennett was swept into office on 3 October 1992, one of his first priorities was to reform the Victorian public sector as one part of his broad strategy to get ‘Victoria on the Move’. Without losing much time, and with very little community or parliamentary debate, both the Public Sector Management Act 1992 (Vic) and the Employee Relation...
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This paper was published as Journal of Industrial Relations, 2008, 50 (2), pp. 195-208. It is available from http://jir.sagepub.com/content/50/2/195. Doi: 10.1177/0022185607087897 Metadata only entry
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to introduce the papers contributing to this special issue and to locate them within the broader questions about the role of small firms in enabling or alleviating issues of equality, diversity, and difference for various groups in society. Design/methodology/approach – The literature dealing with the issues...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the management of maternity leave in small firms and particularly to explore the perceived costs and benefits of paid maternity leave (PML). PML is a universal right in some countries (i.e. the UK), but not in Australia where most private sector female employees only have access to 12 months unpaid...
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ln this chapter we contribute to our understanding of small firm management practices by investigating a series of questions in relation to HRM in small firms. The purpose is to understand what HRM practices are used in small firms and how they are applied. In light of the debates about the applicability of more formalized large-firm models of HRM...
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Small business training can facilitate business growth. The authors show that a 'hands-on' approach can have a direct impact on a business owner's current situation. They consider this in relation to the problem of being unable to find the right staff, demonstrating that a programme such as the one they describe enables learning and addresses the l...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore what owners of small firms are looking for from new employees. The aim is to pursue this in light of the debate around formality and informality of small firm HRM, exploring the extent to which the small firms studied had formalised HRM practices. Design/methodology/approach – The data reported here...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to begin the process of exploring the intersection between entrepreneurship and HRM by developing an understanding of the nature of HRM in growth‐oriented small firms. Design/methodology/approach A survey of 600 small Australian businesses, conducted by CPA Australia in March 2002 to explore employment issues,...
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This paper looks at the ‘science’ and ‘practice’ of human resource management in small firms. While there is growing evidence that the practice of human resource management in small firms is characterized by informality, there is less evidence about the science, or explaining why this is the case. We look to writing on strategic human resource mana...
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Family-owned businesses face a unique obstacle: continuation of the business through intergenerational transfer. Most family-owned businesses cease when the next generation does not enter the business. This paper develops parallels between failed intergenerational transfer and voluntary turnover. Based on past research, we develop a taxonomy of cha...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to evaluate a small business-mentoring project, which was delivered in regional Australia. Design/methodology/approach – This paper contains a case study of the mentoring project and focuses on the process and the outcomes of that project from different perspectives. Data collected in semi structured telephone...
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Education and training can enhance small business owner/managers' managerial skills and is known to be effective in reducing small business failure. Training plays an important role in the competitive success of firms as people who acquire appropriate skills are more productive based on output for a given amount of time and effort (Gibb, 1997; Ibra...
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The characteristics of Australian employers in smallbusiness who wish to engage in online training are examined. Using data from astudy conducted to evaluate a specific training program for small businessesthat have operated in Western Australia since 2000, 716 employers wereconsidered. The data were collected through self-administeredquestionnaire...
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In this paper we examine attitudes towards work, employment and industrial relations in the Latrobe Valley region of South East Victoria, Australia. The Latrobe Valley is an old industrial area of Victoria, 150 kilometres south east of Melbourne, based on power generation connected to open cast brown coal mining. The formerly stated-owned power gen...
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This article explores how management constructs strategies to control the labour process of software development, through a case study of a small Australian software development company, Webboyz Pty Ltd.1 This firm employs mainly young, male software developers to develop internet tools and e-commerce software and solutions for different segments o...
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Supporting and growing small business to develop an enterprise culture in the Latrobe Valley, is important given the effects of privatisation and restructuring of the power industry and the resultant high levels of unemployment. The focus for this paper is the context, process and outcome of delivering hands-on assistance to a group of 30 small bus...
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The Coalition has said that exempting small business from unfair dismissal provisions in the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (WRA) will create 53,000 new jobs in the small business sector. The purpose of this research note is to evaluate small business access to and use of unfair dismissal provision in the WRA. In doing so, the small business job–gene...
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In this paper a case study of a small firm engaged in producing packaged software in the Australian ’information industry’ is conducted in order to shed light on the nature of control over the labour process of software development. It is shown that the interplay of human agency and structural forces means employees are largely unaware of the exerc...
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The contention in this article is that an integrated approach can be used to analyse industrial relations in small firms and to investigate the image of industrial harmony. This integrated approach, incorporating the dialectical relationship between structural forces and human agency, is underpinned by Marxist labour process theory, and can be used...
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Industrial relations in small firms, when they are defined in terms of their employment size, are generally described as harmonious. Industrial relations in small firms operating in the Australian information industry are explored in this paper, as are reasons for those industrial relations. Although the study reported here can be used to support t...
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The question under investigation in this paper is whether size is a determinant of union membership. The determinants of union membership in small (20–99 employees), medium (100–499 employees) and large (500+ employees) firms are explored through bi-variate and multi-variate analyses of the 1995Australian Workplace Industrial Relations Survey data....
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This paper tries to show that the debate on small firm industrial relations has stalled and argues that little advance of any great significance has been made in the last decade.
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The federal government's industrial relations reforms have aimed to decentralize industrial relations to the enterprise level. In order to encourage enterprise bargain ing in all Australian workplaces, division 3 of part VIB of the Commonwealth Industrial Relations Act 1988 enabled constitutional corporations to obtain a non- union enterprise agree...
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In this paper we report a study of 10 Polish immigrant entrepreneurs operating in Leicester, UK. Like Ram, Theodorakopoulos and Jones (2008) we take a forms-ofcapital approach but use Bourdieu’s (1983) social, cultural and economic capitals as the lens through which to explore their pathways to entrepreneurship. This allows us to look beyond studie...
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Job quality is usually assessed in terms of objective criteria such as wage levels, employment status (full-time, part-time, contract, casual etc), the provision of a skill-based career structure, provision of training, work environment, payment of benefits, and formal opportunities to participate in decision making. However in this paper we use an...
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This research explores the issue of gender dynamics in successor selection and specifically we seek to better understand gender biases in business succession. Traditionally daughters have been discriminated against in successor selection but with female business ownership in OECD countries projected to rise to 50%, it is important to understand the...

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