Title: Understanding the development process of a training programme curriculum for small and medium enterprises in Malaysia

Authors: Muhammad Rosni Amir Hussin; Kamariah Ismail; Rose Alinda Alias

Addresses: School of Accountancy, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, 06010 Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia ' UTM Technology Entrepreneurship Centre (UTMTEC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM Skudai, 81310 Johor, Malaysia ' UTM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) Office, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM Skudai, 81310 Johor, Malaysia

Abstract: Generally, it is well acknowledged in most articles that SMEs have contributed in various ways in the area of economic and social enhancement, particularly in developing countries, such as Malaysia. Since most SME owner-managers in these developing countries still lack the necessary education and experience, various agencies, such as the government, educational institutions and other related parties, have been providing continuous training programmes to ensure the survival and success of these SMEs. Hence, interest in the education of SMEs and training development research continues to flourish. Thus, based on the literature, this paper will discuss related issues in the development of the training programme curriculum for SME owner-managers. In addition, this paper will discuss the development of the current training programme curriculum for SME owner-managers in Malaysia.

Keywords: training programmes; SME owner-managers; curriculum development; small and medium enterprises; Malaysia; developing countries; entrepreneurship education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2015.068640

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2015 Vol.24 No.4, pp.536 - 547

Received: 01 Mar 2014
Accepted: 31 Aug 2014

Published online: 07 Apr 2015 *

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