Management Education for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the European Communities

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CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training), 1989 - Small business - 129 pages
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This report summarizes the activities of various bodies providing training impetus for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe on the three levels of (1) basic management education for potential small and medium-sized business owners and/or managers; (2) programs for small firm start-ups; and (3) activities to improve the management of already existing small and medium-sized enterprises. Taking into account the assumed growing needs for training measures on all three levels, the report gives an overview on what measures are offered, as well as an analysis of those measures in terms of the current challenges in the business environment--characterized by growing worldwide competitiveness and rapid technological change. A summary is provided of the different methods used in the various countries, how the support components are related to each other, and how the results can be judged by comparing claims and results. Suggestions for more appropriate solutions are offered. Six case studies of small business development programs in England, Ireland, West Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Spain are included in the report. (KC)

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INTRODUCTION p
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PROGRAMMES FOR STARTUPS p
19
PROGRAMMES FOR EXISTING BUSINESSES p
43
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