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The condition of smallness: how what it means to be small deters firms from getting bigger

Anderson, Alistair; Anderson, Alistair R.; Ullah, Farid

Authors

Alistair Anderson

Alistair R. Anderson

Farid Ullah



Abstract

We consider why most small firms remain small. Employing an inductive analysis of responses from a survey of 2,521 small business owners about employment regulation, we examine the nature and effects of smallness. We found that owners choice making combines with perceptions about their resources to produce a condition of smallness. The condition of smallness is conceptualised as the circularity perceptions, attitudes and consequent practices that reflect lack of knowledge, time and capability. We argue that this condition of smallness inhibits growth to create a wicked problem that explains why most small firms don't grow.

Citation

ANDERSON, A.R. and ULLAH, F. 2014. The condition of smallness: how what it means to be small deters firms from getting bigger. Management decision [online], 52(2), pages 326-349. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-10-2012-0734

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Mar 11, 2014
Publication Date Mar 11, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 20, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 20, 2016
Journal Management Decision
Print ISSN 0025-1747
Electronic ISSN 1758-6070
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 2
Pages 326-349
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/md-10-2012-0734
Keywords Management Science and Operations Research; General Business, Management and Accounting
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1782

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