An examination of HRD in response to strategic learning needs in SMEs

Ida Wognum, Kenneth R. Bartlett

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Despite the increased recognition of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the global economy, very little is known of the process that prompts the managers of these firms to provide human resource development (HRD) for their employees. In this pilot study, a sample of owners and managers of SMEs in the USA highlights the motivating factors for the firm to acquire new knowledge. The overall climate for HRD in the firm, the organisational learning style, constraints that limit HRD, and perception of HRD effectiveness are also explored. The findings stress, among other things, the importance of creating new policies for knowledge acquisition in SMEs and a broader definition of HRD, including arrangements to facilitate and stimulate informal, spontaneous learning ''through the job''.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)170-186
JournalInternational journal of human resources development and management
Issue number1/2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • METIS-209670
  • IR-97005

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