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Small Firms and Entrepreneurship : An East-West Perspective - Zoltan J. Acs

Small Firms and Entrepreneurship

An East-West Perspective

By: Zoltan J. Acs (Editor), David B. Audretsch (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th March 1993
ISBN: 9780521431156
Number Of Pages: 260

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The role of entrepreneurship in the world economy is perhaps more important now than at any time in the twentieth century. This book analyses the relative importance of small firms in industrial economies. It brings together a series of studies spanning a spectrum of selected countries in developed Western nations and Eastern Europe to identify the exact role of small firms and how this role has evolved over the last fifteen years. A striking result which emerges is that a distinct and consistent shift away from large firms and towards small enterprises has occurred within the manufacturing sector of all western countries, while the role of small firms in Eastern European nations has been remarkably restricted, and, indeed, all these countries have experienced a shift away from small firms. It is clear from this analysis that a major challenge for political and economic reform in Central and Eastern Europe is to create the strong entrepreneurial sector which exists in the West.

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From reviews of the hardback: '... studded with interesting ideas and insights ... A useful addition to the still small number of books available on international comparisons of the role of small and medium enterprises.' Small Business Perspective

Introduction
Industrial concentration and small firms in the United Kingdom: the 1980s in historical perspective
The role of small firms in West Germany
Has the role of small firms changed in the United States?
Recent developments in the firm-size distribution and economies of scale of Dutch manufacturing
Small firms in Portuguese manufacturing industries
Small firms in the Italian economy: structural changes and evidence of turbulence
The role of small firms in Czechoslovak manufacturing
The evolution of small business in East Germany
The implications of the Polish economic reform for small business: evidence from Gdansk
The development experience and government policies: lessons for Eastern Europe?
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521431156
ISBN-10: 0521431158
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 26th March 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55

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