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dc.contributor.authorThassanabanjong, Kittiyaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Peteren_US
dc.contributor.authorMarchant, Teresaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:39:58Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:39:58Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.date.modified2010-07-22T06:53:50Z
dc.identifier.issn1462-6004en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/14626000911000992en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/32529
dc.description.abstractPurpose - The purpose of this paper is to profile Thai small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and fill a research gap about their investment in training and approaches to training. Design/method/approach - The paper uses a quantitative, descriptive design with a drop-off survey among 438 SMEs in Thailand. Findings - The study reveals a relatively young, highly-educated cohort of SME owner/managers, with greater business longevity than other countries. They do not invest a great deal of time or money in training and prefer informal, unstructured on-the-job (OTJ) training. Most SMEs train a few or none of their members for two hours a week and thus are "low" or "tactical" trainers. However there are some "strategic" trainers particularly in contemporary industries such as IT and services as well as larger and higher-earning SMEs. Research limitations - The study focuses on urban Thai SMEs and thus may not represent rural or regional areas, or SMEs in other countries. The quantitative approach does not explain why investment in training was relatively low. Originality/value - This is the first systematic study, to the best of the authors' knowledge, dealing with training in Thai SMEs. This paper encourages debate on the presumed universality of training and argues that academics need to "go back to basics" to understand training in family run SMEs, particularly in developing nations such as Thailand, and to recognise the utility of OTJ training in this context.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherEmeralden_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom678en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto693en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue4en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Developmenten_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume16en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHuman Resources Managementen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode150305en_US
dc.titleTraining in Thai SMEsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2009 Emerald. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_AU
gro.date.issued2009
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