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Effectiveness and applicability of Internet-based training in the corporation - case of Egypt

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2 Author(s)
Ibrahim, M. ; American Univ. in Cairo, Egypt ; Kamel, S.

Learning is the most indispensable activity in the current knowledge-based economy where firms, in order to compete and survive, must be constantly alert, capable of adapting to fast change, constantly learn, evolve, and transform themselves rapidly. In that respect, the use of innovative information and communication technology is perceived to play a key role in the development of new learning platforms and mechanisms. One of the emerging solutions is electronic training "eTraining", which is a growing trend and is expected to become crucial in meeting newly introduced challenges and in catering for changing and diversified market needs. The global connectivity of the Internet and the availability of innovative information and communication technology are factors that have contributed in catalyzing the new Internet-based learning paradigm offering great opportunities for organizations to educate and train their management and staff. However, Internet-based training poses several considerable challenges for various organizations especially those operating in developing countries. Within the context of transferring and using information and communication technology into developing countries, this paper demonstrates the outcome of a research aiming at investigating the effectiveness and applicability of Internet-based training in providing training for organizations in Egypt. The focus of the research was mainly soliciting the opinions of three different groups of stake holders; human resources or training managers responsible for setting training policies; instructors responsible for facilitating courses and preparing material; and trainees undertaking the training.

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System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on

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6-9 Jan. 2003