What’s stopping small- and medium-sized enterprises from embracing technology

By Lyndsay Green
|CHRR, Guide to Training & Development|Last Updated: 04/10/2001

A few months ago, I had occasion to search for best case examples of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) using learning technologies. A cross-country scan, tapping the knowledge of hundreds of contacts, turned up only a handful of examples. This result was not surprising given recent workplace surveys.

The 1999 Impact of Technologies on Learning in the Workplace survey conducted by Ekos Research Associates Inc. and Lyndsay Green & Associates for Human Resources Development Canada, found 97 per of the 700 companies surveyed have fewer than 100 employees. Furthermore, the survey found that 26 per cent of the companies provide no employee training at all — with or without technology.