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M. Romero1, M. El Alami2, F. de Arriaga2

1Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (SPAIN)
2Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (SPAIN)
No body ignores that management training and continuous education is a “must” in today’s world. The exponential growth of information and knowledge, the sudden development of new technologies, and the development and changes in ICT technologies exert a tremendous pressure on companies and management. Besides, the market globalisation through the Internet, the advantages of e-commerce, and the new requirements imposed by e-government are a challenge and a possible threat to companies and management.

The only serious response to these factors is management continuous education and training. But this decision requires additional considerations, such as, at least, the dimensions and features of the training, the means to be used and their intensity.

On the other side one derived question arises: What are the results of these decisions? After these measures, are companies going to get positive results? Are they related or correlated to their intensities? The paper tries to answer those questions by giving a real picture of the Spanish situation and considering all these factors.

For this purpose an inquiry has been carefully planned by choosing twelve objectives, different market sectors and company sizes. Two questionnaires were designed, the first one for on-line management and the second for human resources managers. Both of them were validated and applied to a sample of Spanish companies randomly selected. The sample size was chosen to get a maximum error of 5% with a reliability level of 95%. The answers to the questionnaire were structured according to a psychometric Likert scale.

The paper discusses the results obtained from the survey and finally asses the Spanish situation concerning management training and its consequences on the company benefits and global value.