If you wanted to know the future of small business what questions would you ask?

Fuller, Ted (2003) If you wanted to know the future of small business what questions would you ask? Futures, 35 (4). pp. 305-321. ISSN 0016-3287

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Small business is a relatively new economic category, which became politically necessary as economic activity flowed from owner-managed enterprises to managerial corporations. Historically, all business operated at a small scale and were centred on the individual artisan. Even now there are strong cultural affinities to individual enterprise. Over the centuries, business has emerged, legitimised by reflexive social notions of entrepreneurship and fuelled by regulated international free trade, competition, property rights and usury. In the process, society’s view of how this market structure serves the individual is increasingly depersonalised, demanding self-reliance and responsibility of the individual separate from the economic institutions that they work for. In this landscape, small businesses are increasingly important but relatively powerless. Questions concerning their future ultimately focus on the role they play in personal and social relationships.

Keywords:Small businesses, Owner-managers, Social relationships, Interpersonal relations
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:13080
Deposited On:24 Jan 2014 09:34

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