A learning framework for the small business environment

Kelliher, Felicity and Henderson, Joan Bernadette (2006) A learning framework for the small business environment. Journal of European Industrial Training, 30 (7). pp. 512-528. ISSN 0309-0590

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Abstract

PURPOSE-The aim of this article is to offer insight into the factors affecting individual and organisational learning in small businesses; specifically the identification of the learning relationships that are unique to the small business environment. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH- The authors apply Crossan et al.'s (1997, 1999) Organisational Learning Framework. The proposed framework is supported by empirical evidence generated through a longitudinal case study carried out in a small business in the Republic of Ireland over a two-year period. A learning catalyst, in this case the implementation of a new information system(IS), offered an initial point from which to gauge subsequent learning within the studied case. FINDINGS- This framework acknowledges the learning impact of a small workforce, an owner-centred culture and a simple organisational structure, as well as the time and resource constraints specific to small businesses which affect the learning dynamic. The framework also takes account of the learning challenges brought about by external influences unique to a small business environment, such as enforced organisational change created by powerful business partners' commercial requirements. RESEARCH LIMITATIONS/IMPLICATIONS- As this framework was developed based on a single case, similar research may be conducted on additional case studies to determine the learning dynamic in alternative settings and business environments. ORIGINALITY/VALUE- This research presents some valuable insights into the ways in which organistional learning can be facilitated and impeded in the largely ignored small business environment.

Item Type: Article
Departments or Groups: RIKON (Research in Inovation, Knowledge & Organisational Networks)
Divisions: School of Business
School of Business > Department of Management and Organization
Date Deposited: 26 May 2009 11:36
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2022 07:20
URI: http://repository.wit.ie/id/eprint/1279

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