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Title: Training approaches, preferences and outcomes in manufacturing SMEs
Authors: Jayawarna, Dilani
Macpherson, Allan
Wilson, Alison
Publisher: Manchester Metropolitan University
Issue Date: Nov-2004
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2173/13066
Additional Links: http://www.ribm.mmu.ac.uk/wps/papers.php
Abstract: Unlike previous studies which concentrate only on formal training, this is a detailed empirical analysis of the influence of formal and informal training on performance in manufacturing SMEs. Findings indicate that, while SME managers may prefer informal approaches, formal training is a targeted activity that contributes more significantly to performance than informal training. However, the approach and influence of training is dependent on contingent factors. A model is proposed for a detailed study of these contingent factors using a multivariate statistical analysis. Findings also suggest that policy support for SMEs should be idiosyncratic and requires a detailed understanding of context.
Type: Working Paper
Language: en
Keywords: Small firms
Training approaches
Management development
Performance
Business support
Series/Report no.: Manchester Metropolitan University Business School Working Paper Series
04-02
ISSN: 1478-8209
Appears in Collections: MMUBS Working Paper Series
Centre for Enterprise

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