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

Graham Beaver, Christopher Prince

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-49
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Competitive advantage, Entrepreneurialism, Managerialism, Small enterprises, Strategic alignment,


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