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.
McCole, P., Morrow, T., Ponsonby, S., & Kelly, B. (2001). The Potential Training Impact of Technology on SMEs in Northern Ireland. Journal of European Industrial Training, 25(2/3/4), 90-97. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000005440