How can very small SMEs make the time for training and development: skill charting as an example of taking a scenistic approach Paul Lyons Marty Mattare Article information: To cite this document: Paul Lyons Marty Mattare, (2011),"How can very small SMEs make the time for training and development: skill charting as an example of taking a scenistic approach", Development and Learning in Organizations: Access to this document was granted through an Emerald subscription provided by emerald-srm:198595  For Authors If you would like to write for this, or any other Emerald publication, then please use our Emerald for Authors service information about how to choose which publication to write for and submission guidelines are available for all. Please visit www.emeraldinsight.com/ authors for more information. About Emerald www.emeraldinsight.com Emerald is a global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society. The company manages a portfolio of more than 290 journals and over 2,350 books and book series volumes, as well as providing an extensive range of online products and additional customer resources and services. Emerald is both COUNTER 4 and TRANSFER compliant. The organization is a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation. Issues confronting the small SME This paper addresses the problems, identified and verified in several studies over the past 20 years, that confront the small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) involving the training and development of employees. Here we identify some of the problems and background information to help explain why the problems persist, particularly in very small businesses, those with fewer than 20 employees. Then, we present a rationale and suggestions for training and development that is responsive to many of the issues that influence training needs in the small SME.
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