The ‘burden’ of compliance in SMEs

Tui McKeown, Timothy Mazzarol, Gudrun Gillies

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The notion of workplace regulation as a “compliance burden” for small business is a common theme of both the academic literature and the popular press. This paper presents the results of a review of the literature examining the intersection of SMEs and workplace relations. Using both Leximancer and NVivo text analytic software and then a manual review of over 190 academic research papers and quality “grey” literature we identify a conflation of the terms “regulation” and “workplace relations” and found a relative paucity of research on the influence of IR laws and regulations within SMEs, although it is clear that the smaller the firm the more burdensome is the compliance work involved in managing such regulations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event30th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management: Under new management: Innovating for sustainable and just futures - QUT Business School, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016
Conference number: 30


Conference30th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Abbreviated titleANZAM 2016


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