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Capability-building in SMEs by Participation in a Learning Network: Learning Resource Limitations are Critical Factors that Influence the Stability and Future Development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

McGovern, Philip (2009) Capability-building in SMEs by Participation in a Learning Network: Learning Resource Limitations are Critical Factors that Influence the Stability and Future Development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). VDM Publishing, Saarbrucken. ISBN 9783639166491

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Abstract

This publication explores how learning networks help SMEs develop capabilities by resolving their resource limitations. SMEs are key to maintaining growth in economies but they have major challenges that are often aggravated by their relative size and small operational footprints. SMEs form a significant economic force in many economies including Ireland where this empirical study was undertaken. Learning networks are mechanisms that have been developed to assist SMEs in capability- building. Research in capability-building has been conducted in large firms but somewhat neglected in SMEs. A literature review led to the development of a conceptual framework and a cross-case study analysis was carried out to robustly test this framework. It focused on the Polymer and Refrigeration industries in Ireland to investigate how and why firms differed in their capability- building acquisition while participating in a learning network. The findings show that participation in a learning network catalyses capability building in SMEs.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > New Business Enterprises
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Small Business Sector
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2014 15:09
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2014 15:09
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1516

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