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The owner-manager’s role as a facilitator of informal learning in small businesses
Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Work and Working Life. Linköping University, HELIX Competence Centre. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0041-9624
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Sociology. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Work and Working Life. Linköping University, HELIX Competence Centre. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2019 (English)In: Human Resource Development International, ISSN 1367-8868, E-ISSN 1469-8374Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Few studies have examined the owner-manager as a facilitator of learning in small businesses. Furthermore, these studies are typically not framed by distinctive characteristics of small businesses. These limitations of the literature stimulated us to ask: How do the situational opportunities and constraints that emanate from the distinctive characteristics of small businesses affect the small business owner-manager’s role as a facilitator of learning? To address this question, we first conducted a narrative review of existing research on the owner-manager as facilitator of learning in small businesses (10–49 employees). Four themes emerged from our analysis of research findings, including a theme that owner-managers are seldom directly involved in facilitating employees’ learning. Next, we conducted an integrative review of literatures that discuss (a) indirect approaches managers can adopt to facilitate learning; and (b) small business characteristics. We focussed on four high-impact indirect approaches owner-managers can use and examined how employment of each approach might be enabled or constrained by distinctive characteristics of small businesses. The integrative review generated ten research propositions. We also synthesized a conceptual framework that illustrates the main variables to be studied and presumed relationships among them. Based on our analysis of literature, implications for policy and practice are proposed.

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Routledge, 2019.
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Owner-manager, facilitator of learning, workplace learning, informal learning, small business
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Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-154970DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1585695ISI: 000489683800002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85062724211OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-154970DiVA, id: diva2:1294454
Available from: 2019-03-07 Created: 2019-03-07 Last updated: 2019-11-05Bibliographically approved

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