This paper reveals how managers of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can utilise their participation in research-based training. Empirical research from a longitudinal study of 10 SMEs managers in the wind turbine industry is provided to describe a learning approach that SME managers can apply in industry. The findings of this study show that SME managers employ a practice-shaped holistic multi- and cross-disciplinary approach to learning. This learning approach is supported by theory dissemination, business challenge applications, and organisational prerequisites. Diversified learning that is enhanced by essential large-scale industry players and other SME managers are required to create action and value in learning. An open-mindedness to new learning approaches by SME managers and an open-mindedness to multi- and cross-disciplinary collaboration with SME managers by facilitators is required.
Euram 2014: Waves and Winds of Strategic Leadership for Sustainable Competitiveness, 2014
SMEs, Innovation, networks, public policy; Action learning; Action Research; Offshore Wind Energy
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14th Annual Conference of the European Academy of ManagementEuropean Academy of Management. Proceedings, 2014