Pro-growth small businesses: learning architecture

Sue Bergin-Seer, Alison J. Morrison

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    Abstract

    Internationally, a certain market failure has become apparent in terms of the effective engagement of small business owner-managers in business support programs, and in the wider concept of life long learning. There exists a cultural gap between support agencies and the small business sector's perceptions of the utility of formal support and learning interventions to the business performance of their business. Therefore, this paper extends knowledge and understanding within this context relative to what constitutes small business owner-managers' learning disposition, means, obstacles and organisation to be confronted and what form of new 'architecture' needs to be designed to support learning. A theoretical framework supports the analysis of findings from a research project based in Melbourne, Australia, which serves to illuminate pertinent issues towards informing more sensitised support interventions. Specifically, the attribute of a learning culture was identified as a factor contributing to growth in small businesses, and may represent a distinguishing characteristic between effective and non-effective economic performers.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages388-400
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Management Development
    Volume21
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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    Small business
    Owner-managers
    Managers
    Market failure
    Disposition
    Economics
    Life long learning
    Business support
    Learning culture
    Factors
    Business sector
    Business performance
    Theoretical framework
    Informing
    Life Long Learning
    Business Performance
    Research Projects
    Performer
    Theoretical Framework
    Melbourne

    Keywords

    • business development
    • corporate culture
    • learning
    • small firms

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    Bergin-Seer, Sue ; Morrison, Alison J. / Pro-growth small businesses: learning architecture. In: Journal of Management Development. 2002 ; Vol. 21, No. 5. pp. 388-400.
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