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National Conf, Nv 2002 UK, Small Businesses

January 16, 2002

CALL FOR PAPERS AND CONFERENCE DETAILS





25th Institute of Small Business Affairs National Small Firms Policy &


Research Conference, "Competing Perspectives of Small Business and


Entrepreneurship"





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


intervene?





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:





http://www.bus.bton.ac.uk/isba2002/





We look forward to seeing you at the conference.





Aidan Berry and Lew Perren


Submitted by: Angela Scott

 
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