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The Role of Training and Skilled Labour in the Success of SMEs in Developing Economies


Robertson, P, The Role of Training and Skilled Labour in the Success of SMEs in Developing Economies, Education + Training, 45, (8-9) pp. 461-473. ISSN 0040-0912 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1108/00400910310508856


The ability of small and medium-sized enterprises in developing nations to evolve technologically is frequently constrained by a variety of environmental factors that are beyond their control. In many cases, it is necessary for the strategy of SMEs to be aligned with the international supply chain strategies of multinational firms, who can provide the expertise needed for technological upgrading by SMEs, and with the development strategies of their own nations. If SMEs are to attract business as original equipment manufacturers or component suppliers for MNCs, they generally need to possess access to skills before they can get contracts. As SMEs often lack the knowledge and resources to engage in training programs, however, their success in upgrading themselves technologically may depend crucially on subsidised educational and training infrastructure provided by their governments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Developing countries, Skilled workers, Small to medium-sized enterprises, Training
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Economic development policy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Robertson, P (Professor Paul Robertson)
ID Code:48292
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2007-10-04
Last Modified:2010-05-03

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