An emotional business ventures out into the big wide world: what chance government ever getting to grips with the small firm market?

An emotional business ventures out into the big wide world: what chance government ever getting to grips with the small firm market?
Document type
Working Paper
Author(s)
Culkin, Nigel; Smith, David
Publisher
University of Hertfordshire
Date of publication
1 January 2000
Series
The University of Hertfordshire Business School Working Papers
Subject(s)
Small business & enterprise: the practicalities of running a small business and the theory of entrepreneurship, Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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In this paper the authors argue that the way in which the UK Government, through its various departments and quangos approaches interventions designed to approve the effectiveness of the small business sector, is based on a flawed understanding of how small businesses actually operate. They argue that this naive, over-simplistic understanding of the motivation of those in the small business sector means that many Government interventions that are made, are blunt instruments destined to fail, given the limited understanding shown of the complexity of the small business market. They present evidence from two recent studies amongst small firms; a series of large-scale qualitative studies undertaken for a blue chip company and a mixed study on the Business Link network. Explaining exactly how small businesses operate. The emphasis is based on - using qualitative research - getting to grips with the emotion, ambiguity and complexity that characterises this market.

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