The Determinants of Small Firm Growth

An Inter-Regional Study in the United Kingdom 1986-90

By Richard Barkham, Graham Gudgin, Mark Hart

Edited by Eric Hanvey

© 1996 – Routledge

180 pages

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pub: 1996-04-25
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About the Book

One of the most striking trends in economic development since the 1970s has been the rising importance of the small firm. Focusing on the issues of enterprise development and the regional dimensions of small-firm growth, this book explores the literature of this area. Moving from an analysis of measures of growth to the effects of both internal and external variables - arguing that the owner-manager has a key role in the growth performance of the firm - the authors explore regional disparities in, and constraints on, growth, and make significant advances in the policy debate on understanding how faster growth can be achieved.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Small-Firm Growth - Towards a Synthesis 3. Methodology. 4. Entrepreneurial Attributes and Business Strategy Influences on Company Growth: Quantitative Results. 5. Explanations of Variations in Growth - The Owner-Manager.6. Explanations of Variations in Growth - Business Strategy 7. Regional Disparities in Small-Firm Growth. 8. Constraints on Small-Firm Growth. 9. Conclusions.

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ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning