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Learning in and beyond small business advisory programmes

Parker, Rachel L. & Hine, Damian (2012) Learning in and beyond small business advisory programmes. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 31(2), pp. 223-235.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyse how participants learn in small business advisory programmes and to explore the impact of these learning programmes on the development of reflective learning dispositions in participants. The research involves two case studies of small business advisory programmes in Queensland, a state of Australia. One involves training in the use of GPS/GIS technology amongst rural SMEs and the other seeks to develop improved management and operational capabilities in regional and metropolitan manufacturing SMEs. Face to face semi-structured interviews were conducted throughout rural, regional and metropolitan Queensland with participants, trainers and senior executives in the administering organisations that ran the programmes. Learning in these programmes occurs through a combination of interaction with others and the adoption of practice-based and learner-centred processes. The impact of the programmes on participants includes the development of reflective learning dispositions, improved confidence in learning and appreciation of the value of new knowledge to their business. The research suggests that small business training programmes have the potential to affect the development of critical reflective learning dispositions in participants which is of fundamental importance to the development of a learning or knowledge economy.

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ID Code: 51529
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Learning, Small Business , Advisory Programmes
DOI: 10.1080/02601370.2012.663797
ISSN: 1464-519X (online) 0260-1370 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the [International Journal of Lifelong Education] © [2012] [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [International Journal of Lifelong Education} is available online at: www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article, which would be the following address; http://www.tandfonline.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=[0260-1370]&volume=[31] &issue=[2]&spage=[223]
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2012 09:49
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2012 14:06

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