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ERIC Number: EJ801734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0309-0590
Training and Learning Strategies of Family Businesses: An Irish Case
Birdthistle, Naomi
Journal of European Industrial Training, v30 n7 p550-568 2006
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the training and learning strategies adopted by family businesses in Ireland. Design/methodology/approach: In order to implement the study a database of family businesses was compiled. A number of sources were used to compile the database. Primary data from a stratified random sample of independent unquoted businesses were collected. Data were collected from 121 family businesses using a postal questionnaire. Findings: The key findings of this study are that family SMEs appear to prefer an informal learning strategy than a formal strategy and family SMEs are hindered by the lack of financial resources so as to enable learning and training to occur within the business. Research limitations/implications: This study used a single-respondent, self-administered questionnaire. Future research should incorporate analysing other members of the family business--family and non-family members--so as to get a "wider" understanding of learning and training in family businesses in Ireland. Originality/value: This paper presents original findings in a highly relevant, but under-researched field--family businesses in Ireland, the issue of learning and training of family businesses. (Contains 2 tables, 3 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland