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Training in Organizations

  • Mike Smith
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Abstract

Selection is by no means perfect. When new recruits join an organization they are unlikely to have all the skills and competencies which are needed to do the job. Conditions also change. Even if employees once perfectly fit a job, changes will tend to erode the match between the person and their work. The way to increase or maintain skills is investment in training. Training is thus one of the most vital activities of any organization but it is important to recognize that training has its limits. No amount of training can increase someone’s intelligence. Only exorbitantly costly or unethical training is likely to produce fundamental changes in someone’s personality or thinking style. Because training is such an important business activity many agencies play an active role in its provision.

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© Mike Smith 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mike Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ManagementUMISTUK

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