Testing a framework of the organization of small firms - Fast-growth, high-tech SMEs
Gilman, Mark W. and Edwards, Paul K.. (2008) Testing a framework of the organization of small firms - Fast-growth, high-tech SMEs. International Small Business Journal, Vol.26 (No.5). pp. 531-558. ISSN 0266-2426Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266242608094028
Studies of small firms tend to assume either that models derived from large firms can be applied directly or that small firms are uniformly distinct from large ones. A recent framework, based mainly on low-wage family-owned firms, has identified an analytical space to identify different types of small firm. This article tests out that framework in a different context: four high-tech and non-family-owned firms. The framework identified market conditions and strategic choice as key measures, and was useful in capturing practice, though it also needed further refinement. Key substantive implications were: apparently similar firms in fact behaved differently, for reasons to do with their market situations and the choices they made; and the firms displayed tensions between 'modern' business strategies and 'traditional' and informal employment practices, tensions that the framework helps to capture.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Small Business Journal|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||28|
|Page Range:||pp. 531-558|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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