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SMEs & entrepreneurship

The projects within this research area are concerned with developing and testing models of small and medium sized enterprise (SME) performance and its determinants, with policy analysis and with methods of complex survey design and analysis necessary to investigate models of business performance. Performance includes innovative activity and export activity, as well as growth, profitability and survival. Determinants include internal management and organisational characteristics, the strategic behaviour of managers including strategies of co-operation and collaboration, as well as external environmental factors, including financial, labour and product market constraints. The project is concerned with policy evaluation and evaluation methodology, and with the comparison of the performance characteristics of different groups of firms including high-technology and conventional businesses.

Associated research themes

Bankruptcy & insolvency

Business clusters

Corporate growth

Entrepreneurship policy

Family businesses

Financing innovation

Financing smaller businesses

Innovation policy

Innovation systems

Inter-firm collaboration

Open innovation

Regional innovation

Research & development

SMEs business advice & support

Start-ups & commercialisation

Training & management practices

Venture capital & hedge funds

Associated research projects

Addressing Gender Inequality through Corporate Governance

Agglomerative & Deglomerative Processes & Small Firms Development in Business & Professional Services

Analysis of Middle Market Firms

Analysis of the Relationship between Training & Business Performance

Assessing the Impact of the National Minimum Wage on Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME Survey)

Bankruptcy Law & Entrepreneurship

Barriers to Innovation & Growth in High Technology SMEs: The Role of Absorptive Capacity

Building a Biomedical Enterprise & Commercialising Science: Entrepreneurial UK Genomics Firms in Comparative Perspective

Building Economic Competitiveness: Lessons from Small Peripheral European States

Business Advice, Public Support & the Supply Chain

Business Failure & Macroeconomic Instability

Capright: Resources, Rights & Capabilities in Europe

CIS4 & Oslo Manual Revision: Early Stage Pilot

Comparative Study of Knowledge Exchange in the United States & the United Kingdom

Competition & Performance

Competition, Takeovers & Investment

Competitiveness of the UK & its Multinational Companies

Concepts of Insolvency

Connectivity of the Arts & Humanities: New Analysis of Missing Links

Contribution of Services & Other Sectors to Australian Productivity Growth 1995-2005

Corporate Governance & Innovation

Corporate Law & Economic Performance

Corporate Rescue: Impact of the Enterprise Act 2002

Corporate Responses to Macroeconomic Changes & Shocks

Design Study for a Survey of UK Management Practices

Dynamics of Institutions & Markets in Europe (DIME)

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of HEFCE/OSI Third Stream Funding

Evaluation of the Golden Key Package Component of the Small Business Initiative Funded by the British Bankers Association

Evidence Base for Innovation Policy (UK~IRC)

Evolution of Governance Arrangements in the Family Firm

Finance, Training & SME Performance: An Evaluation Study of the Small Business Initiative

FINNOV – Finance, Innovation & Growth: Changing Patterns & Policy Implications

Flexible Specialisation, Competitive Advantage & Business Structuring in the UK Computer Industry

Funding Breakthrough Technology

Future of Professional Work

Globalising Behaviour of UK Firms in a Comparative Context

Government Support for Small Business Innovation and the SBIR

High Tech CEOs & Their Businesses

Impact of the Enterprise Act 2002

Impact of the National Minimum Wage on Small & Medium Sized Enterprises

Impact of the National Minimum Wage on Small & Medium Sized Businesses in the Cleaning & Security Sectors

Insolvency & Stakeholding

Integrated Knowledge Centre (IKC) Commercialisation Laboratory

International Innovation Benchmarking & the Determinants of Business Success

Knowledge Exchange between Arts & Humanities and the Private, Public & Third Sectors

Knowledge Hub (UK~IRC)

Labour Market Reform & Social Inclusion: The Case of New Zealand, Ireland & Denmark

Learning Factory

Legal Framework Governing Business Firms & its Implications for Manufacturing Scale & Performance

Manufacturing Strategy & Competitiveness



Modelling Business Duration & Business Failure

National Small & Medium Sized Business Surveys

Networks, Collective Learning and R&D in Regionally Clustered High-technology Small & Medium-sized Enterprises

New Modes of Innovation: Managerial & Strategic Business Practices & Open Innovation (UK~IRC)

New Product Development Performance in the UK & Japanese Automotive Industries

Northern Ireland SME Benchmarking Survey

Organisation of Entrepreneurial Technology Firms in Several European Countries

Research Using UK Innovation Survey 2005 Data

Role of Banks versus Venture Capital in Financing Small Enterprises in Successful European Regions

Role of "Soft Companies" & Government R&D Contracts in Development of SMEs

Role of Technology Policy in Incubating European New Technology-Based Firms

Services Innovation & Innovative Performance at the Sector Level (UK~IRC)

SME Finance & Innovation in the Current Economic Crisis

SME Performance & Policy

Spatial Variations in Innovations & Absorptive Capacity

Start-up Finance: A Study of Micro Finance amongst Soft & Hard Companies

Strategic Advisory Board on Intellectual Property (SABIP) Review

Structural Change, Competitive Advantage & the Regulation of the Media

Survey of National Health Service Reforms & the Working Lives of Midwives & Physiotherapists

Territorial Clustering & Innovative Milieux: Technology-based Firms in the Cambridge & Oxford Regions

UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC)

UK~IRC & CIHE Task Force: Enhancing Value: Getting the Most out of UK Research

UK Survey of SME Finances 2007

Universities & Their Role in Systems of Innovation: A Comparative Assessment of UK & US Institutions & Locales

University-Industry Knowledge Exchange: Demand Pull, Supply Push & the Public Space Role of Higher Education Institutions in the UK Regions

Updating Employment Institutions & Governance