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Developing Learning Organization Models in SME CLUSTERS

Objective

The research intends to offer a methodological contribution and operative instrument in favour of E&T and employment policies.

Although European SMEs account for 71% of European employment they are unable to formulate detailed training strategies which can guarantee qualification adjustements and increased competition. Hence the need to focus the research on small-firms network (clusters) which represent best suited targets for the analysis of employment and learning dynamics.

The main points of this research project are:

1) Identify and analyse the present function of SME in the framework of learning. How do SMEs organise their training, identify their training needs. How is the acquired know-how redistributed, what is the cost-effectiveness of the process.

2) Identify operative models of competence development and tranfer within and between SMEs.

3) Provide working indicators (manuals) capable to support training policies in favour of SMEs. These will be supplied at the EU level and Member States level. They should help to:

a) activate the link between E&T centres;
b) motivate the inter-organizational cooperation for the definition of better training practices;
c) provide analysis of trends for supply and demand of skill needed at the level of labour market;
d) determine range of services to support improvement of skill adjustement and employment rate in the clusters.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO GUGLIELMO TAGLIACARNE PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA CULTURA ECONOMICA
Address
Via Appia Pignatelli 62
00178 Roma
Italy

Participants (6)

Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie deParis
France
Address
79,Avenue De La République 79
75543 Paris
European Centre for Work and Society
Netherlands
Address
43,Hoogburgstraat
6221 CP Maastricht
Fondazione per la Ricerca sulla Migrazione e l'Integrazione delle Tecnologie
Italy
Address
Via Giovanni Gemelli Careri 11
00147 Roma
Informacion y Desarollo SL
Spain
Address
19,Barria 19
48930 Las Arenas
JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
Address
20,Elisabethstrasse 20
8010 Graz
TAVISTOCK INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RELATIONS
United Kingdom
Address
30,Tabernacle Street 30
EC2A 4DD London