Experiencing difficult times arising from recession, enterprises (particularly SMEs) find it more difficult to acquire the skills needed to deal with organisational conflict which may then help them reposition and/or overcome challenging economic conditions.
Supported by the Erasmus+ Programme, the ETHOS project has been set up to review, develop and promote the tools and strategies needed to manage and exploit conflict in business environments.
Programme Background - Aims
The ETHOS project is aimed at promoting and developing/improving resources for change; new approaches and tools to help SMEs manage and exploit interpersonal, social and organisational conflicts in business environments.
Undertaken to support quality and innovation in vocational education by fostering the integration of learning with working life, the project aims to promote more conducive learning environments at the workplace and work-placed training to develop the associated vocational skills relevant to labour market needs.
Experiencing difficult times arising from recession, enterprises, particularly SMEs, find it more difficult to acquire the skills needed to deal with organisational conflict which may then go on to help them reposition and/or overcome challenging economic conditions.
For this reason, it is necessary to develop the diagnosis and training tools, methodologies and approaches needed to promote and encourage the introduction of specific soft skills in SME Training Plans. Helping businesses and organisations create a more favourable environment for development and innovation.
Programme Background - Objectives
The ETHOS project will contribute to the development of actions and strategies aimed at:
- developing approaches, methodologies and tools for improving quality and innovation in vocational education;
- developing approaches, methodologies and tools that foster the integration of learning with working life. Promoting more conducive learning environments at the workplace i.e. work-placed training as a basis for the development of vocational skills relevant to labour market needs;
- developing soft skills relating to conflict exploitation among entrepreneurs and managers to improve new innovation-driven role models and management approaches;
- creating within enterprises an environment and climate which facilitates social cohesion, development and innovation;
- contributing to facilitate processes of repositioning, helping enterprises overcome economic recession;
- promoting networking between enterprises and Vocational Education Training (VET) providers.
The project is organised in three key actions:
- CONFLICT MAPPING IN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
Set up and testing of a mapping system of cultural, social and organisational conflicts in business environments that align to reference areas of the project; to define the role models and the contextual factors leading the conflicts. Illustrated and tested through a document and field analysis the mapping will result in a transnational report.
- TRAINING FOR CONFLICT EXPLOITATION IN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
The realisation and experimentation, through national pilot training programmes of a specific new curriculum defining the competencies and skills necessary for SMEs’ entrepreneurs and managers to identify, develop and enhance the staff skills needed to manage and exploit workplace conflicts,- utlising the outcomes as a resource for improvement and growth.
Incorporated in a study plan using specific teaching models taking 36 hours over 3 months the pilot programme will involve 15 participants.
- ETHOS BUSINESS LABS
Planning and implementation in each country participating in the project of specific workshops for SMEs’ workers aimed at facilitating the expression, management and exploitation of conflict in their own business environment, by learning how to “argue well”. Three business labs involving 40 participants in each country.