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Title: Managers' perceptions of management development needs in manufacturing SMEs
Authors: Jayawarna, Dilani
Macpherson, Allan
Wilson, Alison
Citation: Education & training, 2006, vol. 48, no. 8/9, pp. 666-681
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Issue Date: 2006
DOI: 10.1108/00400910610710083
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Abstract: Purpose – In this paper empirical research is presented that investigates managers' perceptions of a variety of component management skills and techniques. The aim is to identify which management development needs manufacturing SME managers perceive as most important for their continued development, and to consider contextual factors that might impact on those perceptions. Design/methodology/approach – A cross sectional survey of 198 UK small-medium manufacturing firms is reported using factor analysis, linear regression test, ANOVA, Chi-square and simple descriptive statistics. Findings – The paper finds that managers of small-medium sized manufacturing enterprises perceive six discrete and important areas where management development is necessary. The results indicate that development needs change as the firm grows, but the relationship is more complex than stage models of growth suggest. In particular, there are key leverage points where the perceptions of skills need change. Research is needed on the influence of a variety of contextual variables that might impact on perceptions of SME management development needs. Originality/value – This research has provided an insight into the management development component skills and techniques for manufacturing SMEs.
Type: Article
Language: en
Description: Full-text of this article is not available in this e-prints service. This article was originally published following peer-review in Education & Training, published by and copyright Emerald.
Keywords: Business support services
Management development
mall to medium-sized enterprises
United Kingdom
ISSN: 0040-0912
EISSN: 1758-6127
Appears in Collections: Department of Marketing, Operations and Digital Business
Centre for Enterprise

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