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Face-to-face or distance training? Two different approaches to motivate SMEs to learn - an update

Allan, J.; O'Dwyer, M.; Lawless, N. and Ryan, E. (2001). Face-to-face or distance training? Two different approaches to motivate SMEs to learn - an update. Industry and Higher Education, 15(2) pp. 135–141.

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In the past, too many government-sponsored initiatives have presented learning resources that have been wasted because the target small business audience has failed to make use of them. This paper explores the issue of offering learning materials to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in a manner that recognizes their working environment, mode of operation and preferred learning methods. It then outlines methods currently being tested in the UK and Ireland, and indicates preliminary findings. The two methodologies are different in that the UK (LSSB - Learning Support for Small Businesses) programme is aimed at distance learning in primarily small businesses, whilst the Irish (University of Limerick and Limerick City Enterprise Board) programme is aimed at face-to-face learning primarily in micro-enterprises. Preliminary findings are presented.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2001 IP Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 0950-4222
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 1203
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 19 May 2018 00:40
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