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Power, Politics & Learning: A social enactment of the SME Owner/Manager

Higgins, David, Mirza, Mohammed and Drozynska, Anna (2013) Power, Politics & Learning: A social enactment of the SME Owner/Manager. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 20 (3). pp. 470-483. ISSN 1462-6004

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    Objectives: One of the key influencing elements in the SME on the learning process is that of the
    owner/manager as a principle employee, having both the power and legitimacy to influence firm
    practices. The paper’s perspective is connected to the belief that learning stems from the
    participation of individuals in complex social activities, by recognising that power relations can
    directly mediate the interpretative ideologies within social interactions.
    Prior Work: Social interactions represent the manner owner/managers ability to influence and
    shape their experience of learning, but it is at this juncture that research is lacking, in that the issues
    of power and the relatedness issues of politics have rarely emerged as a focus for debate.
    Approach: The paper argues that both power and politically-based social tensions provide the
    mediating social artefacts which have the ability to shape and influence learning practices. The
    inclusion of power and politics can help to explain why some SME owner/mangers are more
    successful at learning.
    Practical Implications: The paper seeks to draw attention to the social conflicts which are
    experienced by owner/managers, in which they must overcome the inherent elements of situated
    learning, such as the localisation of practice, and how this mediates and shapes learning.
    Originality/Value: The paper aims to critically explore and contribute to the development of the
    organisational learning debate in the context of the SME by providing an analysis of the influential
    and meditational role played by power and politics in the firm’s learning.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
    Schools: The Business School
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2012 11:03
    Last Modified: 22 Apr 2014 14:58


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