Evaluating the impact of different training methods on SME business performance

David Pickernell, Paul Jones, Malcolm Beynon, Gary Packham

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    With this study we evaluate the impact of different training methods (TMs)on small and medium-enterprises' (SMEs') business performances, utilising a datasetof 3521. We consider the relationship between the satisfaction SMEs have towards theiremployees' training needs being met by a diverse range of TMs and the levels of impactthe training has had on business performance. To investigate both the interdependenceand dependence of satisfaction levels of training needs met with business performance,we undertake bi-variate correlations and multivariate regression-type analyses (usingRegression-type Classification and Ranking Belief Simplex). The results presented offernovel insights into the relationships between TMs and business performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)56 - 81
    Number of pages25
    JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Government and Policy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Dec 2013


    • sme
    • training methods
    • performance


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