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Leading_nation ACOA Policy Report

Leading_nation ACOA Policy Report

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METHODS USED BY LEADING NATIONSTO ENGENDER BEST MANAGEMENTPRACTICES IN SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES AND THEAPPLICATION TO ATLANTIC CANADA
Prepared for:
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Prepared by:
The
 ATi
Consulting Corporation, Inc.
1801 Hollis Street, Suite 1730Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3J 2N4902-422-1617902-422-2989 (fax)ATi@mgnet.caApril, 1997
 
Table of Contents
1.0Introduction..........................................................11.1Study Objectives.................................................21.2Organization of the Report.........................................22.0Methodology.........................................................43.0SMEs and Management Development......................................63.1The Changing Business Environment.................................63.2Why Smaller Firms Invest in Less Management Development...............73.2.1Uncertainty...............................................83.2.2Price....................................................93.2.3Income..................................................93.2.4Perception................................................93.2.5Information..............................................103.3The Impact of Best Management Practices on Firm Performance...........103.4Best Management Practices Program Logic Model......................124.0Best Management Programs in Leading Nations..............................144.1The United Kingdom............................................154.1.1Strategies Developed......................................154.1.2General Program Information................................164.1.3Program Evaluation Mechanisms.............................244.2The United States of America......................................254.2.1Strategies Developed......................................264.2.2General Program Information................................264.2.3Program Evaluation Mechanisms.............................294.3New Zealand..................................................294.3.1Strategies Developed......................................294.3.2General Program Information................................314.3.3 Program Evaluation Mechanisms..............................334.4Singapore.....................................................334.4.1Strategies Developed......................................334.4.2 General Program Information.................................364.4.3 Program Evaluation Mechanisms..............................444.5Germany......................................................444.5.1Strategies Developed......................................444.5.2General Program Information................................464.5.3Program Evaluation Mechanisms.............................484.6Australia......................................................484.6.1Study Findings and Recommendations.........................48
 
5.0Lessons Learned.....................................................535.1Strategies Developed............................................535.2General Program Information.....................................535.2.1One-Stop Shops..........................................545.2.2Consultancy.............................................545.2.3Benchmarking...........................................555.2.4Mentoring..............................................565.2.5Management Training.....................................565.2.6Other Initiatives..........................................575.3Evaluation Mechanisms .........................................575.4Conclusion...................................................585.4.1Variations in Strategies, Programs, Delivery and Focus...........585.4.2Common Approaches.....................................585.4.3Special Consideration.....................................595.4.4Final Thoughts...........................................616.0Recommendations: What Will Work Best In Atlantic Canada?.................636.1Approach.....................................................636.2Programs.....................................................666.2.1Program Delivery.........................................696.3Evaluation Mechanisms for Atlantic Canadian Programs................706.4Next Steps....................................................70
Appendix 1 - Interview GuideAppendix 2 - International Contacts

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