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Why do Small Firms invest in Competence Development? A Study of Managers Views
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, HELIX Vinn Excellence Centre. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
2008 (English)In: The 9th International Conference on Human Resource Development across Europe,2008, 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Considering available studies of competence development in SMEs some general notions can be made. First, there is a wide range of practices with respect to competence development in SMSs, activities take place in different forms and under diverse conditions. Second, SMEs differ with respect to the importance they attach to competence development, and how opportunities to take on competence development are perceive. Third, and this is an important point of departure for this paper, several recent studies indicate that owners/managers seem to play important roles in initializing and facilitating learning and competence development in small firms. The purpose of the paper is to describe and analyse the owners-managers motives to invest in competence development, and the measures/strategies for competence development used by the firms. The presented results originate from 15 SMEs which participated in a programme for competence development during 2003-2005, i.e. -Objective 3-, organized and sponsored by the European Social Fund (ESF).

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SME, Competence Development, Managers, Motives
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-42419Local ID: 63919OAI: diva2:263276
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2009-11-03

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