Title: Culture, training and technological adaptation in the small and medium enterprises: the case of the Canary Islands through the application of the Rasch model
Authors: Zamira Acosta, Jaime Febles
Addresses: Departamento de Economia y Direccion de Empresas, Universidad de La Laguna, Camino de la Hornera, s/n, Campus de Guajara, La Laguna 38071, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Espana. ' Departamento de Economia y Direccion de Empresas, Universidad de La Laguna, Camino de la Hornera, s/n, Campus de Guajara, La Laguna 38071, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Espana
Abstract: This study applies the Rasch model to the preferences of Canary managers in their responsibilities to implement technological adaptation and modernisation. In general, managers demonstrate conservative attitudes in their adaptive processes, accompanied by distrust of external advice and support, in contrast to ideas and opinions generated from within their organisations. Furthermore, this study highlights the need for adequacy of their strategic culture.
Keywords: organisational culture; training; human resource management; HRM; competitiveness; business strategy; strategic culture; Rasch models; technological adaptation; small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; Canary Islands; Spain; technological modernisation; managers; conservative attitudes; adaptive processes; distrust; external advice; internal ideas; internal opinions; ICT; information technology; communications technology; innovation; enterprise development.
International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2011 Vol.10 No.2/3, pp.232 - 247
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