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Searching for e-mentoring practices for SME staff development


  • Irja Leppisaari


  • Marja-Liisa Tenhunen


The objective of this article is to consider e-mentoring models applicable for SME staff development. The article examines a study conducted collaboratively between a university of applied sciences and entrepreneurial organisation, ascertaining organisation members’ interest in e-mentoring for professional development. In this Finnish case, entrepreneurs’ skill deficits and e-mentoring’s possibilities as a learning support are identified, and the practicality and meaningfulness of different e-mentoring forms examined. The results indicate e-mentoring is expected to facilitate support from experienced entrepreneurs in practical professional development. Peer mentoring online was slightly preferred over one-on-one expert e-mentoring. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2009

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  • Irja Leppisaari & Marja-Liisa Tenhunen, 2009. "Searching for e-mentoring practices for SME staff development," Service Business, Springer;Pan-Pacific Business Association, vol. 3(2), pages 189-207, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:svcbiz:v:3:y:2009:i:2:p:189-207
    DOI: 10.1007/s11628-008-0060-4

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