HRDI Special Issue – Learning in small and medium enterprises

Human Resource Development International invites submissions for a special issue on small and medium enterprises and their impact on economic growth. We are keen to address the lack of empirical evidence of HRD in SMEs and so this Special Issue of HRDI welcomes papers in this area, including research studies and workplace case-studies (qualitative as well as quantitative), as well as theoretical or conceptual papers and literature reviews. All contributions must relate in some way to HRD in SMEs.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of suggestions for more specific themes. Contributions on any of these are welcome, as well as on any other issues that relate to the Special Issue title and which fall within the overall remit of HRDI. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):-

  • the influence of owner-managers and/or resource constraints on HRD in SMEs,
  • the effects of organisational size on learning (perhaps comparing SMEs with larger organisations or examining HRD in SMEs of different sizes) and
  • the different methods/media used in learning in SMEs.

It is hoped that this Special Issue will contribute to the scant research into learning in SMEs. Consequently it should be of interest to scholars in the HRD field, as well as having relevance to those involved in practice and / or policy in the small business community. Please note that, due to differing definitions of SMEs worldwide, studies of organisations with up to 500 employees (North American definition) will be considered.

Submissions Details


  • Paper submission: 15 April 2018 (submit via Editorial Manager by following all format requirements and clearly mentioning/selecting this SI)
  • Reviews to be completed: 15 July 2018
  • Resubmissions: 15 September 2018
  • Paper selection: 15 January 2019

Please visit our Instructions for Authors page for more details on submissions.

Editorial information

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