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Article: Small business owners: Too busy to train?

TitleSmall business owners: Too busy to train?
Authors
KeywordsAdult education
Human resource management
Skills
Small enterprises
Training
Issue Date2007
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/jsbed.htm
Citation
Journal Of Small Business And Enterprise Development, 2007, v. 14 n. 2, p. 294-306 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose - The reason often cited for the poor relationship between small businesses and their uptake of vocational education and training is that small business owner-managers claim that they are too busy to engage in training or any type of learning activity and that most training is of little value to them. The aim of the research is to examine the relationship between these factors. Design/methodology/approach - Using qualitative research methods the study collected data of the knowledge, attitudes and needs of small business owner-managers, both before and after participation in a training program. Findings - This study has indicated that small business owners are interested in skills development and training opportunities, provided that they are directly applicable to the current situation in their business, and as long as the delivery process is carefully structured in terms of location, time of day, and length of session. Practical implications - The success of a human resource management training program offers both an incentive for other educators to continue to pursue small business participation and useful guidelines for the implementation and the development of new programs for the small business sector. Originality/value - The approach taken in this research has offered important insights into the value of training and how it is evaluated by small business owner-managers. This is important as owner managers are the primary decision makers about whether or not training takes place.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90400
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.575
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dc.contributor.authorRedmond, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWebster, Ben_HK
dc.contributor.authorLe Clus, Men_HK
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dc.description.abstractPurpose - The reason often cited for the poor relationship between small businesses and their uptake of vocational education and training is that small business owner-managers claim that they are too busy to engage in training or any type of learning activity and that most training is of little value to them. The aim of the research is to examine the relationship between these factors. Design/methodology/approach - Using qualitative research methods the study collected data of the knowledge, attitudes and needs of small business owner-managers, both before and after participation in a training program. Findings - This study has indicated that small business owners are interested in skills development and training opportunities, provided that they are directly applicable to the current situation in their business, and as long as the delivery process is carefully structured in terms of location, time of day, and length of session. Practical implications - The success of a human resource management training program offers both an incentive for other educators to continue to pursue small business participation and useful guidelines for the implementation and the development of new programs for the small business sector. Originality/value - The approach taken in this research has offered important insights into the value of training and how it is evaluated by small business owner-managers. This is important as owner managers are the primary decision makers about whether or not training takes place.en_HK
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dc.subjectAdult educationen_HK
dc.subjectHuman resource managementen_HK
dc.subjectSkillsen_HK
dc.subjectSmall enterprisesen_HK
dc.subjectTrainingen_HK
dc.titleSmall business owners: Too busy to train?en_HK
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