SME Management Skills

Our upcoming project on SME Management Practices will aim to assess the current state of management capacity and practices in SMEs in Ireland, identify where weaknesses may exist, and how these can be remedied.

Management capacity is a key component of Knowledge-Based Capital, and so is directly linked to the innovation performance, productivity and competitiveness of firms.  Management development is central for a firm’s competitiveness and survival according to OECD and other studies.  However, according to the OECD, “for a variety of reasons, smaller firms are less likely than larger enterprises to provide external training to all grades of workers, including managers.”

This study will examine the capability of Irish SME managers, and the channels available for improving performance. 

This project is being carried out with the support of the European Commission.  Consultants are expected to be appointed shortly, and the project will run from September 2019 to March 2020.