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The key factors in the profiles of small firm owner‐managers that influence business performance. The South Coast Small Firms Survey, 1997‐2000

The key factors in the profiles of small firm owner‐managers that influence business performance.... This regional survey involved 90 small manufacturing firms over the three-year period, 1997-2000. Ninety face-to-face interviews using a personal, open, unstructured approach were conducted in 90 cluster-located small manufacturing (engineering) firms with up to 50 employees (but with 75 per cent below 20 staff) in the Hampshire, Sussex, Dorset and Wiltshire region. Selected follow-up discussions also occurred during the three-year period. The objectives of the undertaking were: to identify the key factors in the profiles of small firm owner-managers that influence business performance; and to contribute to the body of knowledge in this area. The full report comprised some 43,000 words and this paper can only be a mere summary of an investigation of immense scope and complexity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial and Commercial Training Emerald Publishing

The key factors in the profiles of small firm owner‐managers that influence business performance. The South Coast Small Firms Survey, 1997‐2000

Industrial and Commercial Training , Volume 32 (3): 5 – Jun 1, 2000

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
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0019-7858
DOI
10.1108/00197850010371675
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Abstract

This regional survey involved 90 small manufacturing firms over the three-year period, 1997-2000. Ninety face-to-face interviews using a personal, open, unstructured approach were conducted in 90 cluster-located small manufacturing (engineering) firms with up to 50 employees (but with 75 per cent below 20 staff) in the Hampshire, Sussex, Dorset and Wiltshire region. Selected follow-up discussions also occurred during the three-year period. The objectives of the undertaking were: to identify the key factors in the profiles of small firm owner-managers that influence business performance; and to contribute to the body of knowledge in this area. The full report comprised some 43,000 words and this paper can only be a mere summary of an investigation of immense scope and complexity.

Journal

Industrial and Commercial TrainingEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2000

Keywords: Small to medium-sized enterprises; Manufacturing; Entrepreneurs

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