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Routledge Studies in Small Business


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There is a growing polarization in the international economy for companies to become either transnational corporations or small businesses. This dualism means the experience of the small business is quite different to that of a large corporation. The life of a small business is often shorter, riskier and more entwined with the personality of the entrepreneur. In this prestigious series, case-studies and the latest research are used to reveal the regional, national and international role of the small business.

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Managing People in Small and Medium Enterprises in Turbulent Contexts

Managing People in Small and Medium Enterprises in Turbulent Contexts

1st Edition

Alexandros Psychogios, Rea Prouska
January 09, 2019

Managing People in Small and Medium Enterprises in Turbulent Contexts explores a range of human resource management (HRM) issues specific to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Based on a series of research studies and secondary sources of data, the book’s primary aim is to contextualise HRM...

How Small-to-Medium Enterprises Thrive and Survive in Turbulent Times: From Deconstructing to Synthesizing Organizational Resilience Capabilities

How Small-to-Medium Enterprises Thrive and Survive in Turbulent Times: From Deconstructing to Synthesizing Organizational Resilience Capabilities

1st Edition

Yiu Ha Carmen Chu, Kosmas Smyrnios
July 30, 2018

Political and financial upheaval is not a new phenomenon – from the tulip bulb bubble in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century to Black Monday in 1987, businesses throughout history have worked to adapt and cope. However, today’s climate is even more fraught with crises, raising the levels of...

Motivating SMEs to Cooperate and Internationalize: A Dynamic Perspective

Motivating SMEs to Cooperate and Internationalize: A Dynamic Perspective

1st Edition

George Tesar, Zsuzsanna Vincze
September 22, 2017

Interest in generally expanding the understanding of small and medium-sized enterprises, especially understanding their strategies and operations to enter international markets, is growing rapidly among researchers and academics globally. Government officials, regional and economic specialists, and...

Small Businesses and Effective ICT: Stories and Practical Insights

Small Businesses and Effective ICT: Stories and Practical Insights

1st Edition

Carmine Sellitto, David Banks, Scott Bingley, Stephen Burgess
July 26, 2016

Small businesses make up some 90-95 percent of all global firms. Many undervalue the importance of information and communication technology (ICT). Within the small business segment there can be significant differences amongst the avid early adopters of ICT and the laggards. Research on early...

The Formation and Development of Small Business: Issues and Evidence

The Formation and Development of Small Business: Issues and Evidence

1st Edition

Peter Johnson
May 31, 2016

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...

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development in Post-Socialist Economies

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development in Post-Socialist Economies

1st Edition

David Smallbone, Friederike Welter
June 14, 2012

This book examines entrepreneurship and small business in Russia and key countries of Eastern Europe, showing how far small businesses have developed, and discusses how far 'market reforms' and a market mentality have been taken up by ordinary people in the real everyday economy. For each of the...

Corporate Venture Capital: Bridging the Equity Gap in the Small Business Sector

Corporate Venture Capital: Bridging the Equity Gap in the Small Business Sector

1st Edition

Kevin McNally
December 13, 2011

This book addresses the lack of academic and practical research into corporate venturing by examining the role of this activity as both a form of large firm-small firm collaboration and as an alternative source of equity finance for small firms. These issues are explored through surveys of...

The Management of Small and Medium Enterprises

The Management of Small and Medium Enterprises

1st Edition

Matthias Fink, Sascha Kraus
March 17, 2011

Due to the vital importance of SMEs in developed economies worldwide, this book aims to provide a unique and much-needed investigation into the underlying mechanisms and practices of management within these companies by collecting a wide range of original conceptual and empirical research in the...

The Internationalization of Small Firms: A Strategic Entrepreneurship Perspective

The Internationalization of Small Firms: A Strategic Entrepreneurship Perspective

1st Edition

Shameen Prashantham
February 10, 2011

Drawing on empirical case-study research carried out in the Bangalore software industry, this book explores the role of network relationships in the internationalization of small knowledge-intensive firms. Using a conceptual framework, it looks at a range of key themes. These include: networks...

The Foundations of Small Business Enterprise: An Entrepreneurial Analysis of Small Firm Inception and Growth

The Foundations of Small Business Enterprise: An Entrepreneurial Analysis of Small Firm Inception and Growth

1st Edition

Gavin Reid
June 30, 2010

This volume is an excellent addition to Routledge’s Studies in Small Business series. In this extended and novel entrepreneurial analysis of small firm inception and growth, a leading authority in the field develops a new kind of ‘micro-micro’ analysis, applying rigorous methods from economics...

Information Technology and Competitive Advantage in Small Firms

Information Technology and Competitive Advantage in Small Firms

1st Edition

Brian Webb, Frank Schlemmer
July 24, 2008

Does Information Technology matter? This book argues that even as Information Technology hardware, software, data and associated processes are becoming more of a commodity, it has never been more important to manage Information Technology as a strategic asset. However, managing Information...

Managing Labour in Small Firms

Managing Labour in Small Firms

1st Edition

Susan Marlow, Dean Patton, Monder Ram
November 25, 2004

The majority of employees currently working in the private sector are now employed in small firms, yet little is known about their working conditions. This collection of essays addresses this gap. Based on theoretical analysis supported by contemporary empirical evidence, the book explores key...

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