Revised Assignment 1: Training and Development in Small Businesses

Due Monday Oct 30, 2017 by 9AM EST and worth 240 points

Select (You must identify this business in your paper) a small business with which you are familiar). Imagine that you have been called into that business to provide a consultation on training (based on your consultation make/write at least 2-3 suggestions on areas that you believe will help business performance. Create a comprehensive training proposal for the business.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:

1.  Analyze key elements of training and development geared toward improving the performance of the specific small business for which you are consulting. (Elements are anything and everything that impacts/or leads to effective training and development. Examples are TNA (training needs analysis), organizational gap based on Actual Organizational Performance vs Expected Organizational Performance, Learning Theories, Budget, SME, Subject Matter Expert to provide training, equipment/technologies….etc…list continues). Refer to your eBook readings.

2.  Predict three to five (3-5) potential challenges that the managers or owners of the business could face in addressing organizational performance. (These predictions should align with the 2-3 proposed areas that need improvement you identified.

3.  Justify the effects of detecting organizational gaps in small business, providing examples to explain the rationale. (In our readings, organizational gaps exists when the Expected Organizational Performance (EOP) falls short of the Actual Organizational Performance (AOP) thereby creating a NEED for training and development. The EFFECTS of detecting this organizational gaps helps business improvement.  HOW?

4.  Propose a competitive training strategy that will improve the position of the business in the market. The strategy should include, at a minimum, an agenda of training activities, rationale for instructional strategies used, and the return on investment (ROI) that will be gained from the strategy you have developed.

Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as academic resources.