1 Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, SDU2 Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, SDU
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