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Researching the Small Enterprise

Researching the Small Enterprise

First Edition

November 2000 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Although there are plenty of books devoted to small business and management research, few give much attention to the small enterprise. This book focuses systematically on researching the small firm, from basic issues of definition, to selecting topics and research designs, to fieldwork problems, analysis data and finally, writing and presenting results. The discussion is set in the wider context of issues and problems in business research. Quantitative and especially qualitative approaches are explored and illustrated by drawing in depth on a wide range of research on the small enterprise. The result is an extensive resource book for researchers at all levels to draw upon in planning and conducting effective research.
The Need for Small Business Research
First Stages in the Small Business Research Project
In the Field
Analysing Data
The Last Link in the Research Chain


This book links well with our course learning outcomes.

Mr Mike Kershaw
Management , Knowsley Community College
September 30, 2015

While Government initiatives often tend to classify all businesses under one banner, Curran & Blackburn correctly identify that SMEs are distinct entities and have their own unique characteristics which cannot be generalised through standard operations management texts and theories. While slightly dated now in its coverage of the context of SME research in the UK, this text still represents essential reading for researchers and offers reliable and valid insights into some of the key factors and issues in the SME environment.

Mr Paul Matthews
Business Administration , B'ham College of Food, Tourism & Creative Studies
August 3, 2011

this has been a useful text with useful guidedance for myself and students as well. I will be recommending it to my subject librarian and students on the module.

Mr Patrick Muigai
Schl of Tourism, Thames Valley University
December 9, 2010

Nice introduction to the topic.
Sometimes chapters were overly wordy but leanrers provided some positive feedback.
Will move to recommended for next years intake.

Mr Christopher Buckingham
Faculty of Arts, Winchester University
November 2, 2010

James Curran

Robert Blackburn

ExpertiseAll aspects of small business and entrepreneurship; small business management; employment; growth; innovation; IP management; environmental practices; business exit; regional and international dimensions; public policy initiatives and evaluations.Reviewer for book publishers (eg. Sage), research councils (ESRC; Leverhulme; Nuffield) and journals.Research Interest(s)Extensive research portfolio for academic (eg ESRC), private (eg HSBC) and public (eg HM Treasury; EU Commission) organisations. Expertise in primary and secondary data collection and analyses; engaged in qualitative and quantitative research methods. Editor of... More About Author

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