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Why small business is big business. An organisational development analysis of a small Irish business operating in a small business sector in an evolving economic environment.

Holland, Doireann (2008) Why small business is big business. An organisational development analysis of a small Irish business operating in a small business sector in an evolving economic environment. Diploma thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The following report is an organisation development analysis of a small Irish business operating in a rapidly changing economic context. The report outlines the main organisation development literature and outlines how the organisation development approach can benefit small organisations. Some key themes are explored in the context of this study, namely employee involvement, organisation structure, communication in the organisation and training and development within the organisation. Semi structured interviews were used to obtain the views of five key employees of the company who represented the different levels of the organisation; Course Director, Principal, Teacher, Cinnire and Administrator. Results indicated that the main issues facing the company were that of economic recession and increased competition within the market. The core competencies and key strategies to overcome these challenges were identified. The main areas of concern that were highlighted in this report were that of poor employee involvement of younger staff, lack of integration between the company's regional sites, poor inter-group communication, no training or induction process for new employees. Recommendations to overcome these issues are discussed in detail.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Organisational Change
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Small Business Sector
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Organisational Behaviour
Divisions: School of Business > Diploma in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Tim Lawless
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 09:41
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2014 15:36
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/175

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