This book brings together thirty years of original empirical research on key aspects of the formation and development of small firms from selected articles authored or co-authored by Peter Johnson. Complete with a comprehensive introduction from the author placing the work in relation to the contemporary debates on the subject and providing a cohesive overview, these essays provide an excellent historical context for current research in this area.
Many of the studies in this book emphasise the interrelatedness of economic activity and decisions, an emphasis that serves as an important reminder of the complex business environments in which small firms operate. The book is divided into five sections. The first part focuses on the process of business formation. In part two, the role of new firms in regional development is considered. The third section deals with employment issues, whilst part four looks at various aspects of growth and development. Finally, the book concludes with two articles on policy.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Part 1: Business Formation 2. The Founders of New Manufacturing Firms: A Note on the Size of their ‘Incubator’ Plants with D.G. Cathcart 3. Firm Formation in Manufacturing Industry with J. Creedy 4. How Good are the UK VAT Registration Data at Measuring Firm Births? C. Conway Part 2: Regional Issues 5. New Manufacturing Firms and Regional Development: Some Evidence from the Northern Region with D.G. Cathcart 6. Spatial Variations in the Determinants and Effects of Firm Births and Deaths with S. Parker 7. Differences in Regional Firm Formation Rates: A Decomposition Analysis Part 3: Employment 8. Unemployment and Self-Employment: A Survey 9. New Firms and Employment Creation with R.B.Thomas 10. Employment Change in the Small Establishment Sector in UK Manufacturing Part 4: Growth and Development 11. How Good are Small Firms at Predicting Employment? with J. Ashworth and C. Conway 12 Small Business Growth in the Short Run with C. Conway and P. Kattuman 13. The Size-Age-Growth Relationship in Not-for-Profit Tourist Attractions: Evidence from UK Museums Part 5: Policy 14. Government Policies towards Business Formation: An Economic Appraisal of a Training Scheme with R.B. Thomas 15. Targeting Firm Births and Economic Regeneration in a Lagging Region 16. Some Reflections
Peter Johnson is Professor Emeritus of Business Economics at Durham Business School, UK.