Title: Technology training: the German experience

Authors: Stuart Orr

Addresses: Department of Management, Monash University, P.O. Box 197, Caulfield East, Victoria 3145, Australia

Abstract: The research presented in this paper investigated the importance of training for large German manufacturers considering technology investment. The findings indicated that the training, when adopting technologies, was perceived as being most important by middle management. Senior management was more concerned with overriding issues when adopting technologies such as profitability. The research also suggests that training is viewed as being more important to operations management than to business performance. The research determined that some cost savings can be achieved by centralising training activities and that simpler production planning and control can be achieved when the education and training levels of staff are higher.

Keywords: technology investment; international technology management; Germany; technology training; manufacturing industry; operations management; business performance; production planning; production control.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.1998.030124

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 1998 Vol.8 No.1/2, pp.38 - 46

Published online: 11 Dec 2009 *

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