The Potential Training Impact of Technology on SMEs in Northern Ireland

Patrick McCole, Trevor Morrow, Sharon Ponsonby, Bridgita Kelly

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    The rapid development of technology and the consequent change in working practices require a dramatically different approach towards training and development in organisations than has traditionally been the case. A review of the literature reveals a negative attitude towards training and development in SMEs, with long-term strategy being substituted for short-term financial gain. Our results confirm this conjecture that the same holds true in Northern Ireland, which is witnessing rapid technological advancement. This article lays the foundations for a body of work which will provide greater insights into training and development needs in SMEs.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages90-97
    JournalJournal of European Industrial Training
    Volume25
    Issue number2/3/4
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    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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    McCole, Patrick ; Morrow, Trevor ; Ponsonby, Sharon ; Kelly, Bridgita. / The Potential Training Impact of Technology on SMEs in Northern Ireland. 2001 ; Vol. 25, No. 2/3/4. pp. 90-97.
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