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Towards the Twenty-First Century
The Challenge for Small Business

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July 1992 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Published in Association with Institute for Small Business Affairs

'As a crystal-gazing exercise, this book has much merit. It certainly highlights the fact that small business has an important role to play in the future economic survival of the world as we know it!' - Enterprise Magazine

As the start of a new millennium approaches, new opportunities and challenges face the small-business sector in economies across the world, whether in developed countries, newly industrialized countries, developing countries, or the merging-market economies of Eastern Europe. The policies for developing small enterprises followed in the past are not necessarily those which will be needed to face the challenges to come. What is certain, however, is that small firms will play a large part in rejuvenating the economies of Eastern Europe, expanding those of the West, and growing those of the developing world.

This book analyzes the opportunities, problems and challenges for the small-firms sector as the millennium approaches. Specialists examine a wide range of issues, which it is essential policymakers, politicians, academic researchers, and all those involved in economic development should know about and understand. The book examines such fields as informal risk capital and other aspects of the provision of finance, small business and the state, small firm turbulence, the controversial question of enterprise culture, growth characteristics in small and medium-sized manufacturers, women in self-employment, the growing phenomenon of home-working, particularly in the high technology sector, networking, and the increasingly important service sector.

The papers were presented at the 13th National Small Firms' Policy and Research Conference in 1990.

Published on behalf of UKEMRA.

Martyn Robertson
The Need for Change
Steve Johnson
Small Firms Policies
An Agenda for the 1990s  
David Artern and Bengt Johannisson
Small Business and the State in Western Europe
Marginal or Mainstream Class  
Allan A Gibb
Organising Small Firms Research to Meet the Needs of 21st Century Customers
Robert Blackburn, James Curran and A Woods
Exploring Enterprise Cultures
Small Service Sector Enterprise Owners and Their Views  
Robert Blackburn, James Curran and Robin Jarvis
Small Firms and Local Networks
Theoretical Conceptual Explorations  
M R Binks, C T Ennew and G V Reed
Information Assymetries and the Provision of Finance to Small Firms
Colin Mason and Richard Harrison
Informal Risk Capital in the UK
A Study of Investor Characteristics, Preferences and Decision-Making  
Colin Mason and Richard Harrison
The Regional Take-Up of the Enterprise Initiative in Great Britain
The Consultancy Initiative Programme  
Stephen Batstone and Emma Mansfield
Births, Deaths and Turbulence in England and Wales
David Smallbone, Roger Leigh and David North
Growth Characteristics of Mature Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturing Enterprises
Mark Hart and Richard Harrison
The Enterprise Culture and Regional Economic Development
Some Evidence from Northern Ireland  
Louise Roberts Reid and James Curran
Women and the One Person Enterprise
A Flexible Form of Self-Employment  
John Stanworth and Celia Stanworth
Problems of Definition and the Marketing of High Technology Homework

'As a crystal-gazing exercise, this book has much merit. It certainly highlights the fact that small business has an important role to play in the future economic survival of the world as we know it!' - Enterprise Magazine

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ISBN: 9780951923009
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