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The foundations of small business enterprise : an entrepreneurial analysis of small firm inception and growth

Author: Gavin C Reid
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, ©2007.
Series: Routledge studies in small business, 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Foundations of Small Business Enterprise provides an extended, and novel, entrepreneurial analysis of small firm inception and growth. Gavin C. Reid develops a new kind of 'micro-micro' analysis, applying rigorous methods from economies, accounting and finance to gain a deeper understanding of micro-firms, by examining their performance, hierarchy, strategy, capital structure, monitoring and control,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gavin C Reid
ISBN: 0415338778 9780415338776 020344843X 9780203448434 041559829X 9780415598293
OCLC Number: 69734463
Description: xxii, 404 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Small firm inception and growth --
Fieldwork and database --
Main quantitative features of the database --
Growth and profitability of micro-firms --
Funding shortages --
Modelling financial structure --
Capital structure at inception and the short-run performance of micro-firms --
Trajectories of financial structure --
Performance rankings and cluster analysis / (with Julia A. Smith) --
Performance and business strategy / (with Julia A. Smith) --
Actions and outcomes --
Information and performance --
Contingency and information system development / (with Julia A. Smith) --
Small firm type, organisational form, and contingency / (with Julia A. Smith) --
Flexibility, growth, and survival / (with Bernadette Power) --
Scale flexibility --
Market niche flexibility --
Flexibility, firm-specific turbulence, and the performance of the long-lived small firm / (with Bernadette Power) --
Appendix on instrumentation --
Administererd questionnaire 1 --
Administered questionnaire 4. List of Figures --
List of Tables --
Preface --
Part 1: Background --
Ch. 1 Small firm inception and growth --
Introduction --
Sampling --
Summary evidence from first year --
Summary evidence from second year --
Summary evidence from third year --
Summary evidence from fourth year --
The structure of this book --
Conclusion --
End Notes to Chapter 1 --
Ch. 2. Database construction and use --
2.1 Introduction --
2.2 Fieldwork activity --
2.3 The sample and population --
2.4 The typical micro-firm --
2.5 Key statistics from the database --
2.6 Conclusion --
End Notes to Chapter 2 --
Ch. 3 Main quantitative features of database --
3.1 Introduction --
3.2 Markets --
3.3 Finance --
3.4 Costs --
3.5 Strategy --
3.6 Human capital --
3.7 Organisation --
3.8 Technical change --
3.9 Conclusion --
Appendix to Chapter 3: Definitions of variables --
End Notes to Chapter 3 --
Part 2: Existing Evidence --
Ch. 4. Growth and Survival of micro-firms --
4.1 Introduction --
4.2 The neglect of the micro-firm --
4.3 Variants of Gibrat's Law --
4.4 Classical v. managerial theories --
4.5 Conclusion --
End Notes to Chapter 4 --
Ch. 5 Funding shortages --
5.1 Introduction --
5.2 The funding constraint --
5.3 The data and the questionnaire --
5.4 Probit analysis --
5.5 Conclusion --
End Notes to Chapter 5 --
Part 3: Finance --
Ch. 6. Modelling financial structure --
6.1 Introductions --
6.2 Analytical underpinning: statistics --
6.3 Analytical underpinning: dynamics --
6.4 The dynamic model --
6.5 Key issues --
6.6 Conclusion --
End Notes to Chapter 6 --
Ch. 7 Capital structure at inception --
7.1 Introduction --
7.2 Continuing or ceasing to trade --
7.3 Econometric estimates --
7.4 Conclusions --
Appendix to Chapter 7: Definitions of variables --
End Notes to Chapter 7 --
Ch. 8 Trajectories of financial structure --
8.1 Introduction --
8.2 The dynamics of growth --
8.3 Evidence --
8.4 Results --
8.5 Conclusion --
End Notes to Chapter 8 --
Part 4: Performance --
Ch. 9 The morphology of performance --
(with J A Smith) --
9.1 Introduction --
9.2 The data --
9.3 Performance ranking --
9.4 Cluster analysis --
9.5 Conclusion --
End Notes to Chapter 9 --
Ch. 10 Strategy and structure of performance --
(with J A Smith) --
10.1 Introduction --
10.2 The data --
10.3 Explaining performance rank by business strategy --
10.3.1 Ordered logit model with sample selection --
10.3.2 The performance-strategy relationship --
10.4 The estimates --
10.5 Conclusions --
Appendix to Chapter 10: Definitions of variables --
End Notes to Chapter 10 --
Ch. 11 Actions and outcomes --
11.1 Introduction --
11.2 Background --
11.3 Determinants of survival --
11.4 A parsimonious model of survival --
11.5 Conclusion --
Appendix to Chapter 11: Definitions of variables --
End Notes to Chapter 11 --
Part 5: Information and Contingency --
Ch. 12 Information and performance --
12.1 Introduction --
12.2 Information needs --
12.3 Guiding decisions --
12.4 Using information systems --
12.5 Performance and IS deve.
Series Title: Routledge studies in small business, 10.
Responsibility: Gavin C. Reid.
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