Training and performance in SMEs:Empirical evidence from large-scale data from the UK


This article examines the link between training and (perceived) actual/intended performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. We use the UK’s 2015 Small Business Survey containing large-scale data from more than 15,000 owner-managers of SMEs. Using the ordered probit analysis to test our hypothesis, we find that there is a positive and significant relationship between training and SMEs’ performance. When differentiating between training according to its type, we find that on-the-job and off-the-job training are positively and significantly related to performance; however, when these types of training are received simultaneously, the combined association becomes stronger than their individual effects.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Small Business Management on 19 Oct 2020, available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: SMEs,intended performance,off-the-job training,on-the-job training,perceived actual performance,Business, Management and Accounting(all),Strategy and Management,Management of Technology and Innovation
Publication ISSN: 1540-627X
Last Modified: 14 May 2024 07:17
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2020 09:31
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-10-19
Published Online Date: 2020-10-19
Accepted Date: 2020-10-01
Authors: Idris, Bochra (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-6521-7858)
Saridakis, George
Johnstone, Stewart



Version: Accepted Version

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