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Perception on training and employee innovativeness: an evidence from small firms

Abdullah, Nor Hazana and Lee, Lee Ping and Wahab, Eta and Shamsuddin, Alina (2014) Perception on training and employee innovativeness: an evidence from small firms. In: 7th IEEE International Conference on Management of Innovation and Technology 2014 (ICMIT 2014), 23-25 September 2014, National University Singapore.


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Small firms have been recognized as the pillar of industrial development in Malaysia. However, recent report indicates that majority of small companies are noninnovating companies. One of causes cited is the lack of welltrained workers. Furthermore, there are limited studies that focus on the role of training on employee innovativeness especially among small firms. Therefore, this study aims to examine the relationship between perception on training and employee innovativeness among employees of small firms. A total of 182 employees from 36 small firms participated in this survey. Descriptive analysis and regression analysis were used to describe constructs’ central tendency and variability and test the hypotheses respectively. It is found that training explained 28.8% of variance in employee innovativeness. Training is proved to be one of the significant predictors of employee innovativeness and all its dimensions (opportunity exploration, idea generation, idea promotion and idea implementation). This finding accentuates the importance of training among small firms, which should go beyond on-job training. In the face of business challenges, small firms need to promote employee innovativeness through training.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: training; employees’ innovativeness; small firms
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Technology Management
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2015 08:42
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2015 08:42
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/6199
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