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Learning mode of small business owners

  • Willem, A.
  • Van den Broeck, H.

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    (Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School)

The aim of the paper is to explore the learning mode of small business owners, from a theoretical stance, and based on empirical evidence. We distinguish between the required learning mode, the actual learning mode and the supported learning mode. Data were collected using the focus group method in a very heterogeneous sample of Belgian small business owners. The results indicate several gaps between the required, actual and supported learning modes, of which many are due to unawareness of learning needs and lack of reflective learning among small business owners. The data also indicate among others that solutions to fill learning gaps proposed in the literature are not applicable to all owners, e.g. not all owners are able to learn through networks.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 27 Feb 2007
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Handle: RePEc:vlg:vlgwps:2007-9
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