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Small business training and competitiveness: Building case studies in different European cultural contexts
Concept Findings Challenge
Synopsis SMEs play a very important role in knowledge creation and knowledge storage because they generally allow entrepreneurs and managers a great deal of freedom of action.  Adopting policies which unleash SMEs’ full potential to learn, create and store knowledge will lead to greater wealth and better jobs. The following policy implications make this evident:

(a) Ways should be found of making courses much more experience-based and tailored to the particular needs of the firms in which they are taught.  Courses where workers from various SMEs have to cope with the same workplace tasks and problems should be encouraged. The involvement of employee’s associations in such initiatives should also be fostered.

(b) Policy-makers should promote training programmes between universities and SMEs to foster specific competencies for innovation enhancement. They should also support collaborative projects involving customers, SMEs and universities in order to create 'relational capital'. Business schools and universities should be encouraged to enterpreneurs, with an emphasis in personalised, practical education in the implementation of start-up business plans.

(c) Policy-makers should create the contextual conditions to ensure trust in market relationships to facilitate the development of knowledge, the relationship among organisations and individuals and the creation of networks with strong knowledge storage capabilities (Sauquet 2002, pp. 14, 15, 16).

Reference The policy implications of the project are set out in the final report (Sauquet 2002, pp. 84-89). 
See also project info on SMES TRAINING.
Descriptors D-CVT  D-KM  EP03        E08b
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