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Management, strategy and policy in the UK small business sector: a critical review

Graham Beaver (Fellow of the Centre for Small and Medium‐Size Enterprises, Warwick Business School, the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK and Professor of Business Development and Corporate Strategy, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham, UK.)
Christopher Prince (Director, Corporate Business Unit, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham, UK.)

Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

ISSN: 1462-6004

Article publication date: 1 March 2004

Abstract

This paper first considers the role and characteristics of the small firm and its collective, the small business sector. A brief examination of the small firm discourse and research agenda is provided. The following section undertakes a critical examination of the small firm management context. A critical appraisal of the strategic management approach suggests that strategic activity in the small firm sector is much more informal, intuitive and invisible than has been previously suggested by design school advocates. The final part of the paper considers the role and development of policy and its effects on the survival, growth and performance of small firms.

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Beaver, G. and Prince, C. (2004), "Management, strategy and policy in the UK small business sector: a critical review", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 34-49. https://doi.org/10.1108/14626000410519083

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