Barriers to training and development in small accounting firms: Employees' perspectives
Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management
Place of Publication
O'Kane, C., & Rose, E.
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Business
Despite evidence of a link between participation in training and development and organisational success, small businesses are less likely to invest in formal training and development than their larger counterparts. Reasons for a reluctance to provide access to training and development include lack of time, high cost and lack of suitable courses. However, this is predominantly the views of owner-managers. This study builds upon a prior study involving employees in small engineering businesses by exploring employees’ perspectives on factors influencing participation in training and development in small accounting businesses. The findings produced four generalisations and when compared with the prior study revealed that accountants are more motivated to undertake formal training and development than engineers who rely upon project-based learning.