Journal of Small Business Management

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 4, October

An Empirical Investigation of the Growth Cycle Theory of Small Firm Financing
This paper empirically tests the financial growth cycle model for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which postulates that as firms become larger, older, and more informationally transparent, their financing options become more attractive....
Decisions, Actions, and Performance: Do Novice, Serial, and Portfolio Entrepreneurs Differ?
A conceptual framework is extended to take into account differences between inexperienced novice entrepreneurs (that is, individuals with no prior private business ownership experience) and experienced serial and portfolio entrepreneurs. Some policymakers...
Entrepreneurial Values and the Ethnic Enterprise: An Examination of Six Subcultures
A vital question receiving only limited attention in the extant research concerns the implications of culturally based values for the successful creation and growth of entrepreneurial ventures. This study explores core values held by entrepreneurs...
Planning and Performance of Small and Medium Enterprise Operators in a Country in Transition
This paper examines the relationship between planning and performance of small and medium enterprise operators in a country in economic transition. The literature on planning-performance relationship reports mixed findings. In a period of uncertainty,...
Precautionary Actions within Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Absenteeism results in considerable costs, both for individuals, firms, and governments. One of the ways in which firms can reduce absenteeism is by taking precautionary actions, that is, improving the physical or mental working conditions of their...
Roles of Social Capital in Venture Creation: Key Dimensions and Research Implications
This study was built upon Nahapiet and Ghoshal's three dimensions of social capital--structural, relational, and cognitive. It addresses three research questions: (1) Are there significant differences in social capital between nascent entrepreneurs...
The Effect of Management Policies on Plant-Level Productivity: A Longitudinal Study of Three U.S. and Mexican Small Businesses
To determine the influence of various management policies on productivity, various production functions of three small firms in labor-intensive, production-oriented industries are estimated econometrically and compared. Results from modified Cobb-Douglas...
The Role of Systematic International Market Selection on Small Firms' Export Performance
This article hypothesizes that, on average, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that use a systematic methodology in selecting foreign target markets (what we call systematic market selection) perform better than SMEs using an ad hoc international...
Uncovering Barriers to Complex Incremental Product Innovation in Small and Medium-Sized Financial Services Firms
Developing new products is of the highest importance for the survival of firms. This not only refers to really new products, but firms also need to invest in modifying their existing products. Small and medium-sized companies are no exception to this...
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