Title

Benefits of business conference participation for Australian SME managers: A case study of a belt and road initiative conference

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Industrial and Commercial Training

Publisher

Emerald

School

School of Business and Law

RAS ID

43800

Comments

Djajadikerta, H. G., Ong, T., Ng, D., & Trireksani, T. (2022). Benefits of business conference participation for Australian SME managers: A case study of a belt and road initiative conference. Industrial and Commercial Training. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-07-2020-0090

Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to explore the benefits of participation in a topic-relevant business conference as a learning and professional development apparatus for senior managers of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It analyzes the experiences of 12 Australian SME senior managers who participated in a Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) business conference in Hong Kong. Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected through pre- and post-conference attendance interviews. Kirkpatrick and Kirkpatrick’s (2005) four levels framework was used to analyze the effectiveness of business conferences on the participants at four different levels of the framework: reaction, learning, behavior and results. Findings: This study finds that the business conference has shown effectiveness for the participants at the reaction (Level 1), learning (Level 2) and behavior (Level 3), indicating that participation in a topic-relevant business conference is useful for the learning and professional development of SME managers. However, only a moderate level of results (Level 4) was identified from attending the BRI conference, which implies that the content and quality of the business conference may influence the achievement of expected results. Originality/value: This paper contributes a new understanding of the benefits of topic-relevant business conference participation as a learning and professional development apparatus for SME senior managers.

DOI

10.1108/ICT-07-2020-0090

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Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Individual, economic, organisational, political and social transformation

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