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.
Introduction - David Smallbone, David Deakins and Monder Ram Diversity in Small Firms ResearchMaking Sense of Enterprise - Gill Musson and Laurie Cohen Identity, Power and the Enterprise CultureIdentity, Work and Family Business - Valerie Fournier and Geoffrey LightfootNew Businesses from Old - Michael Scott and Peter Rosa The Role of Portfolio Entrepreneurs in the Start-up and Growth of Small BusinessesThe Survival and Growth of Manufacturing SMEs in Remote Rural Areas in the 1990's - David Smallbone, David North and Christos KalantaridisInternationalisation Processes, Networking and Local Embeddedness in Technology-Intensive Small Firms - David Keeble et alThe Development of Manufacturing SMEs in Poland and the Baltic States - David Smallbone, Bogdan Piasecki and Urve Venesaar Policy Issues and PrioritiesSmall Firms and Workforce Training - James Curran et al Some Results, Analysis and Policy Implications from a National SurveyThe NatWest/MBS Model of the Impact of Taxation on Small Limited Companies - Francis Chittenden, Panikkos Poutziouris and Tim WattsReaching Small Businesses? Delivering Advice and Support to Small Businesses through Trade Bodies - Julian North, Robert Blackburn and James CurranPersonal Business Advisers Models and Organisational Learning in Business Links - John Sparrow and Michael BushellSupporting Ethnic Minority Enterprise - Monder Ram Views from the ProvidersPolicy Research and Small Business - Allan Gibb From Know What to Know How?