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Title: An examination of graduate skills and competencies within small and medium sized enterprises
Author: McLarty, Roy W.
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2003
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This thesis explores and explains the outcomes from a research programme, which examined the linkages between graduates and small/medium sized enterprises, through the medium of an intemet brokerage service. It considers the graduate contribution to SMEs relating to types of firm most likely to employ graduates, furthermore, it also includes an examination of skills deployed by graduates who elected to operate their own enterprises. There are four main parts to this work. Firstly there is a comprehensive critical analysis statement which explores the whole field of skills, competencies and attributes and these concepts are related to the employment arena of SMEs. Secondly is a comprehensive review of all ten published works. Thirdly there is an overview of findings and contribution to knowledge, thereafter the thesis concludes with an exhibition of the works. A wide field of knowledge is explored in the published works, which commence with the authenticated final report delivered to the sponsors of the research project namely, the UK Governments, Department for Education and Employment. This extensive work, embracing many dimensions, is built upon within the succeeding published journal papers. A fascinating set of findings is presented (see Part 3), all of which make a significant contribution to knowledge for graduates and policy makers.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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