Peer-learning helps close management gap in regional Aus
Regional businesses play an important role in Australia’s productivity and growth – so what is being done to help close the leadership and management skills gap in regional Australia?
Researchers from UTS Business School have trialed the Regional High Performance Network (RHPN) program, which focuses on using "peer-learning" to access regional small businesses, by encouraging their managers to interact with their trusted peers. Limited staff training is often due to a lack of financial resources and confidence in external training programs.
The research showed that peer learning, or interacting via a group dynamic approach, exposed professionals to a range of new approaches, said the project’s Chief Investigator Associate Professor Renu Agarwal.
“Peer learning allows regional areas to leverage local knowledge and expertise, which can be the most relevant and easiest to access.”