Practices and attitudes of female SME managers: training, networking and mentoring [Virtual presentation in english]

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Wiesner, Retha and Poole, Nicci. 2006. "Practices and attitudes of female SME managers: training, networking and mentoring [Virtual presentation in english]." 1st International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Rhodes, Greece 18 - 22 Jul 2006 Champaign, IL. United States.
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Practices and attitudes of female SME managers: training, networking and mentoring [Virtual presentation in english]

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsWiesner, Retha (Author) and Poole, Nicci (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Year2006
Place of PublicationChampaign, IL. United States
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://i06.cgpublisher.com/proposals/219/index_html
Conference/Event1st International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Event Details
1st International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Event Date
18 to end of 22 Jul 2006
Event Location
Rhodes, Greece
Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the practices and attitudes of female SME managers in family firms on human resource development practices with particular focus on training, networking and mentoring. Research on this particular topic has focused predominantly on large organisations and is largely a new direction for research in SMEs. This study attempts to fill some of the gaps in existing studies by focusing specifically on a few selected Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs).

The objectives of the study are to: determine the challenges females perceive as managers within family owned and managed firms in the SME sector; ascertain the advantages female managers perceive to be derived from working in a family owned/managed SME; understand the importance of qualifications in females achieving their positions within the organisation; understand the occurrence of mentoring in SME’s – formally or informally and specific activities and benefits of mentoring; examine whether female managers in family firms have discovered that mentoring and networking has assisted them in achieving their managerial roles; examine the training practices utilised within SMEs; and to understand the dynamics of female managers, family firms and the SME sector, generally, in relation to strategic plans, goals, objectives, future directions (their position in five years), who attends to HR functions in SMEs, where they obtain support and guidance and internal and external influences on SMEs. The study utilised a case study approach with the focus on interview data obtained in six family SME organisations located in the region of Southeast Queensland, Australia.

Keywordsattitudes; female managers; small and medium size enterprises; training; networking; mentoring
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520104. Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
520502. Gender psychology
350503. Human resources management
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Management Futures, Australia
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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