Small Firms and Entrepreneurship: An East-West Perspective

Overview

The role of entrepreneurship in the world economy is perhaps more important now than at any time in the twentieth century. This book analyzes the relative importance of small firms in industrial economies. It brings together a series of studies spanning a spectrum of selected countries in developed Western nations and Eastern Europe to identify the exact role of small firms, and how this role has evolved over the last fifteen years. A striking result which emerges is that a distinct and consistent shift away from...
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Overview

The role of entrepreneurship in the world economy is perhaps more important now than at any time in the twentieth century. This book analyzes the relative importance of small firms in industrial economies. It brings together a series of studies spanning a spectrum of selected countries in developed Western nations and Eastern Europe to identify the exact role of small firms, and how this role has evolved over the last fifteen years. A striking result which emerges is that a distinct and consistent shift away from large firms and towards small enterprises has occurred within the manufacturing sector of all Western countries. At the same time the role of small firms in Eastern European nations has been remarkably restricted and, indeed, all these countries have experienced a shift away from small firms. It is clear from this analysis that a major challenge for political and economic reform in Central and Eastern Europe is to create the strong entrepreneurial sector which exists in the West.
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Review of the hardback: '... studded with interesting ideas and insights ... A useful addition to the still small number of books available on international comparisons of the role of small and medium enterprises.' Small Business Perspective
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521062046
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Industrial concentration and small firms in the United Kingdom: the 1980s in historical perspective 15
3 The role of small firms in West Germany 38
4 Has the role of small firms changed in the United States? 55
5 Recent developments in the firm-size distribution and economics of scale in Dutch manufacturing 78
6 Small firms in Portuguese manufacturing industries 110
7 Small firms and the Italian economy: structural changes and evidence of turbulence 123
8 The role of small firms in Czechoslovak manufacturing 155
9 The evolution of small business in East Germany 182
10 The implications of the Polish economic reform for small business: evidence from Gdansk 190
11 The development experience and government policies: lessons for Eastern Europe? 208
12 Conclusion 227
Index 233
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