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25th Institute of Small Business Affairs National Small Firms Policy &
Research Conference, "Competing Perspectives of Small Business and
13th-15th November 2002, Doctoral Day 12th November 2002.
Our understanding of small firms continues to grow, as does the literature
on small firms. However, any analysis of the small business research output
reveals multiple perspectives, some of which appear to produce
contradictory results. This conference sets out to expose the apparent
contradictions and tensions in order to provide greater clarity, encourage
innovative thinking and suggest positive agendas for the future. Thus we
hope that the theme of the conference "Competing Perspectives of Small
Business and Entrepreneurship" will allow us to surface the tensions to
create better understanding.
The competing perspectives may be related to the audience being addressed
for example, policy makers or academics. Should the aims of the business be
personal or economic? Should we look at small firms from a regional,
national or international viewpoint? What are the impacts of different
stages of economic development? Do small firms in developing and developed
countries have different problems and issues? Should policy makers leave
small firms alone and let market forces sort out the world or should they
The conference theme will encourage many facets of our understanding of
small firms to be explored including methodological and policy issues and
how the perspectives chosen may impact upon our understanding and upon
potential implications for policy makers.
Further details are available at the conference website:
We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
Aidan Berry and Lew Perren