What are the barriers to imparting sustainable development education to SMEs in the East Midlands?

Allen, A., 2015. What are the barriers to imparting sustainable development education to SMEs in the East Midlands? DBA, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

This thesis looks at the Barriers to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) based in the East Midlands accepting free environmental training and advice. The literature consistently maintains that SMEs are a substantial part of any economy with the capacity to have a negative environmental impact disproportionate to their size. Earlier research had established six Barriers that a Service Provider of free environmental training and advice needs to minimise or overcome if SMEs are to improve their environmental awareness and impact. This thesis uses regression analysis to establish if any of the six barriers can act as predictors to the behaviour of the SME Owner Managers (OM) with regards to an invitation to undertake environmental training. The research establishes that the strongest predictor is whether or not the SME OM accepts any advice at all from any source. The perceived lack of awareness of their environmental impact within the SME is a secondary predictor.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Allen, A.
Date: 2015
Rights: This work is the intellectual property of the Alastair Allen. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study, or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university, degree level and pagination. Queries or requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required, should be directed to the owner of the Intellectual Property Rights.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 09 May 2016 09:50
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2016 15:01
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/27745

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