Entrepreneurship and SME Growth in Kosovo Research Paper by Nicky

Looks at a complete research project that investigates the barriers to the growth and development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Kosovo.
# 145632 | 9,850 words | 35 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2010 in Business (International) , Business (Small) , Economics (National) , Research Designs (General)


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Description:

This paper explains that, although small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are believed to be essential to the development of transitional economies such as in Kosovo, numerous financial and institutional barriers are blocking their development. Next, the author relates an extensive literature review and the methodology for a cross-sectional survey of 106 participants from 73 SMEs in Kosovo. The paper summarizes the outcomes of this study, which also are presented in tables.

Table of Contents:
Abstract
Table of Contents
Introduction
Definition of the Research Problem
Significance of the Problem
Overview of Study Method
Previous Work
Research Objectives
Expected Outcomes
Dissertation Overview
Literature Review
Growth of an Organization
Size and Growth
Current Growth as a Predictor of Future Growth
Barriers to SME Growth and Development
Internal Business Environment
Employee Retention
Threat of Change
Implementing a New Organizational Model
Employee Empowerment
External Business Environment
Industry Growth
Competition
Technological Changes
Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
Financial Barriers
Social Barriers
Methodology
Research Design
Sampling
Procedures
Ethical Considerations
Findings
Results
Data Analysis
Response Rates
Summary of Participants
Company Type and Growth
Importance of Barriers
Institutional Barriers
Internal Environment Barriers
External Environment Barriers
Financial Barriers
Social Barriers
Most Important Overall Factors
Differences Across Sectors
Discussion
Summary and Conclusions
Summary of Findings
Conclusions
Recommendations for Further Research
Appendix: Questionnaire

From the Paper:

"In particular, previous research has highlighted several internal barriers to SME development. These relate often to the quality of equipment and training which is available, along with the skill set of the different elements of the labor force, including employees and management. For example in Macedonia, Acevska identified that low quality of equipment was the most important internal business environment to SME development, followed by the capacity to produce more, lack of space to produce, and low labor force skills."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Acevska, B. (2002) Entrepreneurship under difficult circumstances: Factors hindering SME growth in the Republic of Macedonia. South-East Europe Review for Labour and Social Affairs, 1, 109-121.
  • Bartlett, W. and Bukvi , B. (2001) Barriers to SME growth in Slovenia. Economic Policy in Transition Economies, 11(2), 177-195.
  • Bartlett, J.E., Kotrlik, J.W. & Higgins, C.C. (2001) Organizational research: Determining appropriate sample size in survey research. Information Technology, Learning and Performance Journal, 19(1), 43-50.
  • Clement, K., Wang, K. and Ang, B. (2004) Determinants of Venture Performance in Singapore. Journal of Small Business Management, 42(4), 347-363.
  • Deutskens, E., De Ruyter, K., Wetzels, M. & Oosterveld, P. (2004) Response rate and response quality of Internet-based surveys: An experimental study. Marketing Letters, 15(1), 21-36.

Cite this Research Paper:

APA Format

Entrepreneurship and SME Growth in Kosovo (2010, November 20) Retrieved February 02, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/research-paper/entrepreneurship-and-sme-growth-in-kosovo-145632/

MLA Format

"Entrepreneurship and SME Growth in Kosovo" 20 November 2010. Web. 02 February. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/research-paper/entrepreneurship-and-sme-growth-in-kosovo-145632/>

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