Title

Barriers to training and development in small accounting firms: Employees' perspectives

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management

Place of Publication

Southport

Editor(s)

O'Kane, C., & Rose, E.

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Business

RAS ID

20333

Comments

Originally published as: Susomrith, P., & Coetzer, A. (2015). Barriers to training and development in small accounting firms: Employees' perspectives. In Proceedings of the 29th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference : 2-4 December 2015. Southport : Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management. Original article available here.

Abstract

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.

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