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Flexible working: help or hindrance? Can SMEs create a competitive advantage from changing work arrangements?

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.

Findings

What are the dirty little secrets that still remain in the world’s more cut-throat businesses? Senior managements read every day about corporate social responsibility obligations, socially responsible commercial behavior, and necessary compliance with the latest legislation on working conditions – and yet, there is always a nagging doubt that behind closed doors, all of this is forgotten about and replaced with a more mercenary mind-set. “Do what you have to, but try and get away with as much as you can” is not an unrealistic version of what may be said in private between managers pushed to the limit to maximize profit by their bosses.

Practical implications

The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.

Originality/value

The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.

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Citation

(2017), "Flexible working: help or hindrance? Can SMEs create a competitive advantage from changing work arrangements?", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 18-20. https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-05-2017-0083

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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