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Managerial learning and development in small firms: implications based on observations of managerial work
Lund University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0680-1883
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET), Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7139-7338
2009 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this study we set out to examine the conditions for managerial learning in small firms and the implications it gives for how to facilitate and support work-based management development in this context. Empirically, we conduct structured observations of the daily work activities performed by small business managers. A framework based on experiential learning theory is developed and used as an analytical tool to assess the extent to which these work activities provide them with opportunities for work-based learning and development. In short, the results show that small business managers experience a fragmented working day with frequent and different forms of interruptions and unexpected problems during the course of their working day. These interruptions and unexpected problems are something that leaves little time for engaging in reflective observation to effectively learn from their daily work practices. We discuss the implications of our results for theory and research on managerial learning in small firms as well as for the design of university-led management development programs aimed at supporting the experiential learning process of small business managers.

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Lund: Center for Innovation Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University , 2009. , p. 47p. 47-
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CIRCLE Electronic Working Paper Series, ISSN 1654-3149 ; 2009/03
Keywords [en]
Experiential learning, managerial learning, managerial work, management development, small firms, structured observations
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-2989Local ID: 2082/3392OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-2989DiVA, id: diva2:240208
Available from: 2009-09-21 Created: 2009-09-21 Last updated: 2014-09-30Bibliographically approved

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