HRD in Small & Medium Enterprises
Play • 1 hr 40 min

In this eighth episode of Season 2, guests Dr. Ciara Nolan (Technological University Dublin), Dr. Michael Mustafa (University of Nottingham Malaysia), and Dr. Heather Short (The Open University) discuss HRD in SMEs, including:

  • What is meant by the term Small & Medium Enterprises.
  • How SMEs differ around the world.
  • What HRD and learning looks like in SMEs, and also within Family SMEs.
  • The role of the business owner and family members in HRD within SMEs.
  • The role of technology in learning within SMEs.
  • Whether HRD trends found in larger organizations are also found within SMEs.
  • How well HRD models and theories work in the context of SMEs.
  • and much more.

In the first part of the episode, Ciara, Michael, and Heather meet one-to-one with host, Darren Short. In the second part, they are together to discuss their shared interest in HRD in SMEs.

For full details on the HRD Masterclass series, visit For more information on the Academy of Human Resource Development, visit - by being a member of AHRD, you can access bonus materials not included in this episode.

This episode is sponsored by: Interpretive Simulations – check out their website at, and by Positive Career Options – obtain the career advice you need to succeed by visiting

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