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Developing SME managers under fire: Negotiating obstacles and weaknesses in Palestine

Mohammed I. Al‐Madhoun (Human Resource Development at Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza, Palestine)
Farhad Analoui (International Human Resource Management and Director of Professional Development Services at Bradford Centre for International Development, University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



In recent years, management training development has secured an increasingly important place in the life of the business managers. After the peace agreement, to find a solution for the apparent lack of managerial strength, many management‐training programmes (MTPs), of an off‐the‐job nature, have been established in the Palestinian Territories. The main objective of this paper is to explore the obstacles and weaknesses facing MTPs for business managers' development. The paper achieves this objective by dividing the identified weaknesses into four broad categories, namely, MTPs weaknesses, obstacles specific to the Palestine situation, and trainers' and managers' weaknesses. The primary data has been generated through a survey of the SME managers who have participated in MTPs in Palestine. To demonstrate the effects of MTPs on small businesses, different but relevant sets of variables were employed and subjected to statistical analysis. It is concluded that although there are major obstacles and weaknesses facing the development of SME managers, the findings, however, can be used to enhance the effectiveness of the future MTPs and indeed the performance of SMEs as a result. They also firmly point to the need for further management development in Palestine.



Al‐Madhoun, M.I. and Analoui, F. (2004), "Developing SME managers under fire: Negotiating obstacles and weaknesses in Palestine", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 479-495.



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