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Small Firms: Enterprising Futures

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November 1997 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Diversity in content, approach and policy characterizes this collection of papers from the 19th ISBA National Small Firms Policy and Research Conference. The contributions reflect the variety and vibrancy of small firms research, and map out the centrality of the 'enterprise agenda' to academics, policy-makers and the wider business community.

Amongst the issues covered in the thirteen chapters are the changing nature of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial identities, internationalization and SMEs, training in small firms, networking, Business Links, enterprise support for ethnic minority businesses, and the policy relevance of small firms research. Though eclectic in many ways, the volume provides a challenging set of questions to anyone interested in entrepreneurship and SME development.

The conference was organized on behalf of ISBA by the University of Central England Business School.

Published on behalf of the Institute for Small Business Affairs.

David Smallbone, David Deakins and Monder Ram
Introduction
Diversity in Small Firms Research

 
Gill Musson and Laurie Cohen
Making Sense of Enterprise
Identity, Power and the Enterprise Culture

 
Valerie Fournier and Geoffrey Lightfoot
Identity, Work and Family Business
Michael Scott and Peter Rosa
New Businesses from Old
The Role of Portfolio Entrepreneurs in the Start-up and Growth of Small Businesses

 
David Smallbone, David North and Christos Kalantaridis
The Survival and Growth of Manufacturing SMEs in Remote Rural Areas in the 1990’s
David Keeble et al
Internationalisation Processes, Networking and Local Embeddedness in Technology-Intensive Small Firms
David Smallbone, Bogdan Piasecki and Urve Venesaar
The Development of Manufacturing SMEs in Poland and the Baltic States
Policy Issues and Priorities

 
James Curran et al
Small Firms and Workforce Training
Some Results, Analysis and Policy Implications from a National Survey

 
Francis Chittenden, Panikkos Poutziouris and Tim Watts
The NatWest/MBS Model of the Impact of Taxation on Small Limited Companies
Julian North, Robert Blackburn and James Curran
Reaching Small Businesses? Delivering Advice and Support to Small Businesses through Trade Bodies
John Sparrow and Michael Bushell
Personal Business Advisers Models and Organisational Learning in Business Links
Monder Ram
Supporting Ethnic Minority Enterprise
Views from the Providers

 
Allan Gibb
Policy Research and Small Business
From Know What to Know How?

 

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Monder Ram

David Deakins

Professor David Deakins is an honorary researcher at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University, and Adjunct Professor, School of Management, Massey University in New Zealand. He has over 30 years’ experience of research with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs. He returned to the United Kingdom (UK) in 2014 after retiring from Massey University. Whilst at Massey, he led various research projects undertaken for the New Zealand Government on SMEs, including regulation, internationalization and innovation. He also completed consultancy and research... More About Author

David Smallbone