Inspired by recent years’ growing political, economic and management interest in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaging greater numbers of academic employees, this thesis examines the relationship between academic employees and the widespread use of modern management principles. It is assumed that the employment by SMEs of a highly qualified workforce contributes to the spread of a coaching style of management. When employee knowledge and skills become an important competitive parameter for enterprises, it is management’s responsibility to develop the business’s core competences. In this context a coaching style of management has a great deal to offer. The thesis reports on the management forms practised by 83 SMEs in the so-called “Trekantområdet” (Triangle Region) of Eastern Jutland; with and without academic employees. It compares SMEs with academic employees and SMEs without, the object being to discover whether one group differs significantly from the other in its use of a coaching style of management. The analysis bases its conclusions on a quantitative data set, made up of the business leaders’ responses to questions concerning the extent and use of coaching. By comparing responses and applying a statistical X2 test, it can be seen that coaching is widespread in the majority of the enterprise population depending on the presence or otherwise of academic employees. The results of the study define a coaching style of management as consisting of three management elements: competence development, personal sparring, and delegation of responsibility. As only two of the three management elements – competence development and personal sparring – occur to any greater extent in SMEs with academic employees than in SMEs without, this disproves the thesis hypothesis that SMEs with academic employees cultivate a more coaching style of management. The practical implication of the conclusions of the analysis must be that willingness on the part of management to engage academic employees in SMEs generates a motivation to employ more academics in SMEs. Morever, these conclusions appear to indicate a possible export readiness within SMEs, reflected in the willingness of management to develop one of the business community’s most important competitive parameters: employee competence. Export readiness is a relevant contribution to the global competitive strategy of the Danish business community.
|Uddannelser||Virksomhedsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||9 maj 2008|
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