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ERIC Number: EJ932376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0969-6474
Workplace Learning and Its Organizational Benefits for Small Enterprises: Evidence from Greek Industrial Firms
Panagiotakopoulos, Antonios
Learning Organization, v18 n5 p364-374 2011
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore small firm owners' perceptions of the impact of employee training on small firm competitiveness in the context of Greece. Design/methodology/approach: The research adopts a qualitative orientation. Empirical data were collected from 43 owners of small and micro-firms operating in various sectors of the Greek manufacturing industry through personal semi-structured interviews. Findings: The empirical evidence reveals that informal staff training can help Greek small firms face the challenges of the future. More specifically, the interview findings indicated that workplace training can: reduce employee errors in the production process; help small firms to meet skill shortage needs; facilitate the introduction of new technology; and enhance worker employability. Practical implications: The paper argues that a key challenge for policy makers and employers in this area is to facilitate informal learning within small firms in order to improve firm performance. In the same manner, work-integrated learning (WIL) seems to have a vital role to play in the performance of Greek small enterprises since WIL programs have the potential to address skills mismatch issues. Originality/value: The study brings new insights around the benefits of informal staff training and work-integrated learning for small and micro-firm performance in the context of a small European country like Greece, where there has been scant research and very limited understanding. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece