Title Knowledge Pills Methodology – efficient learning and knowledge sharing for SMEs
Project Number 2010-1-PL1-LEO05-11454
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Knowledge Pills Methodology (KPM) Project proposes KPM as efficient remedy for SME problems. KPM uses Knowledge Pills (KP), dedicated, short instructional videos prepared for certain SME.
According to EUROSTAT, more than 99% of all European businesses are, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). They provide two out of three of the private sector jobs and contribute to more than half of the total value-added created by businesses in the EU. SME's are open for innovation and can adapt to the fast changing economic environment. Small size and low inertia in the context of flexibility is enormous advantage but for the human capital and development can be the substantial drawback.
In the 5 – 25 person company it is very difficult to send somebody for the 2 day training. SMEs requires specific knowledge ready to be used right away in the company, and trainings cannot provide employees with it. Additionally, due to economic crisis and serious difficulties in access to finances, SMEs are rapidly cutting costs of employee’s training. In result, SMEs are lacking competencies valid for growth and development.
The main objectives of the project was to transfer and test the Knowledge Pills Methodology (KPM) to SMEs. The use of KPM helped in the learning processes and organizational change especially for the SMEs lacking time and money. The economic crisis was probably the most appropriate time for the implementation of such project. In this difficult circumstances, cost efficient in-company education helped to survive naturally fragile SMEs and strengthen its position on the European market.
KPM was designed for an efficient in-company knowledge sharing and organizational learning. It was prepared originally for the large organizations and with time, recognized as a very effective and flexible way of organizational learning. The methodology was easily adopted for the needs of SMEs. The founders of KPM are sure that the effect of KPM used by SMEs will be even more spectacular than achieved by large companies, because when a staff member leaves an SME it might represent 10%, 20% or more of knowledge that goes out, so for SMEs is vital to have an easy to use tool to capture knowledge and make to use by everybody inside the organization.
The partnership of the project consisted of 5 organizations representing 4 countries (Poland, Portugal, Greece and Spain). All partners have already conducted many projects in the field of innovative learning and adult education. Conducting this project partners shared their knowledge and validated the methodology in each country.
The general outcomes of the project included: an innovative KPM transfer, pilot training program for 14 SMEs, content related materials, training manuals and multimedia content.
The project have impact on better awareness concerning informal and in company learning of training institutions. It rised SMEs participation in training and development.
Project started on the 1st of December 2010 and ended on November 2012.
The main aim of the project was the transfer of the Knowledge Pills Methodology (KPM) to be used by knowledge moderators in SMEs of Poland, Spain and Greece. It make possible the efficient education of employees conducted in-company. The next goal was to conduct pilot phase of KPM use for Polish and Spanish companies, gathering feedback from knowledge moderators and SMEs participating.
The project also foster understanding of the use of the innovative learning processes and introduce learning exchange mechanisms between the project partners, beneficiaries and training institutions. The KPM was also consulted with stakeholders of adult education in participating countries and SMEs.
The last objective was to disseminate results of the project towards SMEs, training institutions, educational bodies and all organizations and institutions supporting development of SMEs allowing them to use it for the efficient development of SMEs and their employees.
SMEs involved shifted their way of learning to a more “just-in-time” learning framework, more connect to the fast changes that are occurring nowadays.
Open and distance learning
Information and Communication
material for open learning
open and distance learning
1. Knowledge Pills Methodology (KPM) consist of theoretical background, description of the process of KPM implementation and rules of efficient cooperation with SMEs. It also focus on guidelines for the knowledge mediators that worked with SMEs employees and teach them how to transfer vital knowledge in the company and easily teach and learn new skills.
2. Manual for the KPM use - foreseen as guidebook for Knowledge Moderators consisting of mainly practical informations including: exercises, cases, instructions,...
3. Content related materials prepared with the use of KPM.
4. 100 multimedia presentations concerning use of the KPM.
5. Case studies of the SMEs.
6. Website of the project gathering information concering project implementation and serving as database of project content related materials and video advises (knowledge pills).