LOGIN TO YOUR ACCOUNT

Username
Password
Remember Me
Or use your Academic/Social account:

CREATE AN ACCOUNT

Or use your Academic/Social account:

Congratulations!

You have just completed your registration at OpenAire.

Before you can login to the site, you will need to activate your account. An e-mail will be sent to you with the proper instructions.

Important!

Please note that this site is currently undergoing Beta testing.
Any new content you create is not guaranteed to be present to the final version of the site upon release.

Thank you for your patience,
OpenAire Dev Team.

Close This Message

CREATE AN ACCOUNT

Name:
Username:
Password:
Verify Password:
E-mail:
Verify E-mail:
*All Fields Are Required.
Please Verify You Are Human:
fbtwitterlinkedinvimeoflicker grey 14rssslideshare1
Bishop, D (2012)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: L1
Recent research has established that small firms tend to develop and acquire the skills they need in different ways to those employed by larger organisations. More specifically, due to certain characteristics inherent to their small size, small firms generally display greater informality in their learning processes. As such, it is now broadly accepted that they cannot normally be expected to learn in the highly formalised and structured ways more often pursued by their larger counterparts. However, this enlightened perspective has, in certain parts of the literature, arguably led to a neglect of formal training as a means of developing skills. Small firms can and do benefit from formal training – some more than others – but this is at risk of being ignored. Based on a critical review of the relevant research, the paper aims to bring a measure of clarity and structure to this emerging debate. In doing so, it draws on the concept of ‘learning architecture’ to illuminate the connection between firm size and learning processes.
  • The results below are discovered through our pilot algorithms. Let us know how we are doing!

    • Ashton D., J. Sung, and A. Raddon. 2005. A Case Where Size Matters: A Preliminary Investigation into the Institutionalisation of Skill Formation and Firm Size. ESRC Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, Universities of Oxford & Warwick.
    • Ashton, D., J. Sung, A. Raddon, and T. Riordan. 2008. Challenging the Myths About Learning and Training in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Implications for public policy. ILO Employment Working Paper No. 1. Geneva: ILO.
    • Baldwin, J., W. Chandler, C. Le, and T. Papailiadis. 1994. Strategies for Success: A profile of growing small and medium-sized enterprises (GSMEs) in Canada. Ottawa: Statistics Canada.
    • Barrett, R., and S. Mayson. 2007. Human Resource Management in Growing Small Firms. Journal of Small Business Enterprise and Development 14, no. 2: 307-320.
    • Billett, S. 2008. Learning Through Work: exploring instances of relational interdependencies. International Journal of Educational Studies 47, no. 4: 232-240.
    • Bishop, D. 2008. The Small Enterprise in the Training Market. Education and Training 50, no. 8/9: 661-673.
    • Bishop, D. 2009. Small Firms and Universities: How Training Markets are Socially Constructed. Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag.
    • Bisk, L. 2002. Formal entrepreneurial mentoring: the efficacy of third party managed programs. Career Development International 7, no. 5: 262-270.
    • Brown, A., M. Tomassini, and F. Figueira. 2005. Implications of the Participa Project for Policy, Practice and Research. In Learning While Working in Small Companies: comparative analysis of experiences drawn from England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, ed. A. Brown. ESRC Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, Universities of Oxford & Warwick..
    • Bryan, J. 2006. Training and Performance in Small Firms. International Small Business Journal 24, No. 6: 635-660.
    • Cairns, L. and M. Malloch. 2010. Theories of Work, Place and Learning: New Directions. In The SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning, ed. M. Malloch, L. Cairns and B. O'Connor. London: Sage.
    • Chi, N., W. Chi-Yun, and C. Yen-Yin Lin. 2008. Does Training Facilitate SME's Performance? International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19, no. 10: 1962-1975.
    • Dalley, J., and B. Hamilton. 2000. Knowledge, context and learning in the small business. International Small Business Journal 18, no. 3: 51-57.
    • Dawe, S., and N. Nguyen. 2007. Education and Training that Meets the Needs of Small Business: A Systematic Review of Research. Adelaide: NCVER.
  • No related research data.
  • No similar publications.

Share - Bookmark

Cite this article