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Open learning within growing businesses
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5960-9270
University of Wales. (Enterprise and Innovation)
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Training and Development, ISSN 2046-9012, E-ISSN 2046-9020, Vol. 37, no 3, 298-312 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose—Understanding the factors behind successful enterprise policy interventions are critical in ensuring effective programme development. The aim of this paper is to analyse an academic-industry initiative in Sweden developed to support knowledge-intensive businesses in expanding their operations.

Approach—This paper describes a case study of a specific policy intervention to facilitate further business growth and development. Since 1986, 490 individuals from 194 companies have attended the Business Development Programme (BDP) organised by Linköping University. Through analysing interviews with participants on the programme, the paper examines the origins and motivations behind its creation, management and development.

Findings—This study finds that future policy interventions in enterprise development must cultivate an open style of learning, similar to the principles of open innovation, which engages directly with the participants, is based on a process of informality and flexibility, reflects the needs of the business and includes engaged programme leadership based on a successful entrepreneurial track record.

Practical implications—The programme has succeeded through an informal, flexible and needs-orientated approach that essentially reflects the needs of the participating businesses.

Value—Interventions that are targeted towards supporting established businesses could help to create wealth and employment. However, understanding the factors behind such interventions is critical in ensuring that policymakers design the most relevant programmes to assist support businesses that have the potential to grow.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013. Vol. 37, no 3, 298-312 p.
Keyword [en]
Growth firms, open learning, training, small business policy, innovation
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-88407DOI: 10.1108/03090591311312750OAI: diva2:603165
Available from: 2013-02-05 Created: 2013-02-05 Last updated: 2016-05-04Bibliographically approved

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