Human Resource Management Challenges in a Slovenian Social Enterprise: A Case Study

Michelle Booth, Hyemi Shin, Alenka Slavec Gomezel

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There is a growing number of studies exploring social enterprise in order to increase the understanding of business sustainability and resilience in the social economy. However, little is known about how social enterprises or social entrepreneurs emerging from not-for-profit sectors have faced human resource management (HRM) challenges in practice. In this study, we focus on a hospitality social enterprise founded by social workers in Slovenia as a single case study. Through a series of combined interview and observation methods, we investigate the HRM challenges this social entrepreneur faced when pursuing sustainable social business. We uncovered four strategic and HRM challenges that contribute to the existing body of knowledge in the social enterprise literature. This study paves the way for future studies to focus on HRM in social enterprise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-81
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of HRD Practice, Policy and Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes

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The International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research is a publication of the the European Association of People Management (EAPM), the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) and the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA). It is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) License. This permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.

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  • Social enterprise
  • HRM
  • entrepreneurship
  • Slovenia


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  • Challenges in a Social Enterprise from the Case of a Social Enterprise in Slovenia

    Shin, H., Booth, M. & Gomezel, A. S., 24 Apr 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management & Social Collaboration . Chonnam National University: Chonnam National University, p. 13-21 9 p.

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