This book, originally published in 1989, studies both the growth and the barriers to growth of small firms. It examines market and industrial structures, also the role of investment institutions and their handling of small business accounts. There are chapters on management attitudes and ability considered as a potential barrier to development, and other problems such as lack of finance and of a suitably qualified workforce. The book stresses the importance of communicating the latest advances in technology to small firms, and urges the need to re-think government tax and procurement policies.
1. Barriers to Growth: the ACARD Study John Barber, Stanley Metcalfe and Mike Porteous 2. Management Attitudes, Behaviour and Abilities as Barriers to Growth Derek Bosworth and Chris Jacobs 3. Lack of Finance as a Constraint on the Expansion of Innovatory Small Firms Graham Hall 4. Barriers to Growth: The Labour Market Derek Bosworth 5. The Importance of Technology Transfer Roy Rothwell and Mark Beesley 6. Large Purchasers Keith Hartley and John Hutton 7. Small Firms’ Merger Activity and Competition Policy Alan Hughes 8. Barriers to Growth: The Effects of Market Structure John McGee