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TitleBalancing European SME managers’ training contents : perceived importance & training needs
Author(s)Morgado, Leonel
Varajão, João
Dominguez, Caroline
Oliveira, Irene
Sousa, Fernanda
KeywordsSME
Managers
Business
Competences
Curriculum development
Exploratory multivariate techniques
Issue date2014
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
JournalBusiness Systems Research
Abstract(s)Background: Given the limited available time of in-service professionals, the balance between the perceived importance of the course content and training needs is essential for the acceptance and attractiveness of training courses aimed at them. Objectives: The goal of the paper is to contribute to the development of entrepreneurship and business training programs for European SME managers. Methods/Approach: In six European countries a survey focusing on SME managers’ views on the importance of individual items from a list of potential course content items, and their training needs was carried out, and followed by an analysis using exploratory and multivariate techniques. It was aimed at identifying homogeneous groups of managers with common training needs and perceptions of content importance. Results: Homogeneous groups of managers who assign the same importance to certain competences and who have common training needs are identified. Conclusions: Results of our research could help training institutions to develop courses aimed at SME managers. The balancing approach proved to be an interesting method of combining conflicting requirements for the training course curriculum development.
Typearticle
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/1822/31052
DOI10.2478/bsrj-2014-0007
ISSN1847-8344
1847-9375
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessopenAccess
Appears in Collections:DSI - Engenharia e Gestão de Sistemas de Informação

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