What really happens to small and medium-sized enterprises in a global economic recession? UK evidence on sales and job dynamics
Cowling, Marc; Liu, Weixi; Ledger, Andrew; Zhang, Ning
Helen Zhang Helen.Zhang@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Management Accounting
© 2014, © The Author(s) 2014. This article uses UK data to consider how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) 1 coped during the recent financial crisis. This is important, as SMEs are major contributors to job creation, but are vulnerable to falling demand. It finds that 4 in 10 SMEs experienced a fall in employment during the recession, and 5 in 10 experienced a fall in sales. Within 12 months of the recession, three-quarters of entrepreneurs had a desire to grow. This suggests that while the immediate effects of recession are severe, entrepreneurs recover quite quickly. Importantly, the analysis found that recessionary growth is hugely concentrated among entrepreneurs with the highest human capital.
Cowling, M., Liu, W., Ledger, A., & Zhang, N. (2015). What really happens to small and medium-sized enterprises in a global economic recession? UK evidence on sales and job dynamics. International Small Business Journal, 33(5), 488-513. https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242613512513
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jan 1, 2014|
|Publication Date||Aug 16, 2015|
|Journal||International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||smaller firms, financial crisis|
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