ERIC Number: ED419992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Training and Learning in Small Business. Issues for Research.
An exploratory investigation into training and learning in small businesses in Australia was conducted to identify issues surrounding training and learning and issues relating to the research methodology. Data were collected from a review of the literature, case studies of six small enterprises, and a review of two case studies conducted previously. Emphasis on learning was found to vary considerably between small businesses depending on the following: the small business's basis for competition and reliance on knowledge; whether its staff are permanent or casual; and who in the firm has the knowledge contributing to business success. A new approach to learning in small businesses was proposed that is based on a range of learning activities. At the individual employee level, the proposed approach includes discussions with product representatives, supplier-run seminars, and periods of working in other job areas. At the firm level, the proposed approach includes knowledge introduced by staff recruited from competitors or customers and new approaches learned from previous business allies. It was concluded that research into training and learning in the small business sector must look not only at learning within the firm but also at learning between firms and their operating environments. (Contains 33 references) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: Technology Univ.-Sydney, Broadway (Australia). Research Centre for Vocational Education and Training.