Management competence development for professional service SMEs: the case of community pharmacy


Ottewill, R., Jennings, P. and Magirr, P. (2000) Management competence development for professional service SMEs: the case of community pharmacy. Education + Training, 42, (4/5), 246-255. (doi:10.1108/00400910010373697).

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Over the last two decades there has been a substantial increase in the number and range of service sector SMEs. The management competence of the owner-manager and/or senior staff is crucial to their success. Developing appropriate competencies presents a particular challenge for professional service SMEs, since the key players are more likely to be motivated by the perceived attractions of professional practice than the commercial and managerial aspects of the enterprise. Drawing upon the experiences of community pharmacists in the UK as an empirical frame of reference, consideration is given to the key management competencies, both operational and strategic, which are required to operate a professional service enterprise successfully. Issues concerning the provision of management training for community pharmacists are also highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The paper examines the independent pharmacies and independent pharmacists sector of the UK economy and considers the impact of changin commercial pressures upon managerial practices with the resultant need to become more entrepreneurial.
ISSNs: 0040-0912 (print)
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Keywords: small- to medium-sized enterprises, service industries, entrepreneurs, competences, management development, pharmaceutical industry
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 36775
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:23
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/36775

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