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Management practices and SME performance

Forth, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7963-2817 & Bryson, A. (2019). Management practices and SME performance. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, doi: 10.1111/sjpe.12209


We examine the association between management practices and SME performance in Britain over the period 2011 -201 5, using a unique dataset which links survey data on management practices with firm performance data from the UK’s official business register. We find that SMEs are less likely to use formal management practices than larger firms . However, such practices appear to have demonstrable benefits for those SMEs who use them, being positively associated with firm survival, growth and productivity. Our results add further weight to policy initiatives which seek to encourage SMEs to improve their management skills and capabilities.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Forth, J. and Bryson, A. (2019). Management practices and SME performance. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, which is published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Publisher Keywords: small and medium-sized enterprises; employment growth; high-growth firms; productivity; workplace closure; management practices; HRM; recession
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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