Predicting management development and learning behaviour in New Zealand SMEs

David Deakins, Martina Battisti, Alan Coetzer, Banjo Roxas

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    Despite concern on the part of policy makers to raise managerial capability in SMEs, there is little evidence on the key drivers of owner-manager participation in management development programmes. The authors argue that such participation is poorly understood. The paper develops a predictive model of the drivers of participation in sources of learning by owner-managers. It tests a theoretical model, based on the small firm as a learning organization, which posits that participation is driven by owner-managers' learning orientation and the extent of their belief in self-improvement. The implications of the results are discussed in light of the provision of management development programmes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)11-24
    JournalThe International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012


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