31st August 2019 marked the (official) last day of the 3-year Erasmust+ funded SHARPEN project (SMEs HRM Attraction, Retention, Performance Enhancement Network). It has brought together five European regions, a large team of HR specialists, regional organisations, partner SMEs and 90+ students consisting 20 nationalities. It is a truly multi-national, multi-cultural, cross-disciplinary project of its kind!
The project consists of 5 partner institutions, namely Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) Finland, Technical University Liberec (TUL) Czech Republic, Zwickau Westsachsische-Hochschule (ZUAS) Germany, The University of Huddersfield (UoH) the United Kingdom and Socialiniu Mokslu Kolegija Klaipeda (SMK) Lithuania.
Many SMEs in the home region of the institutions are facing similar challenges about human resource management (HRM) issues. Thus, the primary objective of this project is to leverage on the people management knowledge, experiences and competencies of all the partner universities to develop a specialization course using technology, innovative delivery methods, and creative resourcing through unique, interactive learning activities.
“Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) was the leading manager for one of the three intellectual outputs, i.e. to produce a practical guide for SMEs (small medium-sized enterprises) in the five partner regions. The journey has been an amazing learning opportunity for every member of the SHARPEN family. The SHARPEN team sincerely hope the materials, contents, knowledge, experiences generated will help KAMK students understand the people management practices in this type of enterprises because they are the backbone of the country’s economy and are key employers in every country. We also hope the outputs will reinforce the message about the importance of HRM in SMEs and what SMEs can do to deal with people management issues more effectively” says Ruey Komulainen, the project manager at KAMK.
A hardcopy of the book in Finnish can be found from KAMK library and you can also read the softcopy (in five languages) from the SHARPEN website https://sharpen.ef.tul.cz.
Further information: Ruey Komulainen, lecturer