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Increasing Small- and Medium-Enterprise Contribution to Local and Regional Economic Growth by Assessing the Institutional Environment

Gamidullaeva, L, Vasin, S and Wise, NA (2020) Increasing Small- and Medium-Enterprise Contribution to Local and Regional Economic Growth by Assessing the Institutional Environment. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 27 (2). pp. 259-280. ISSN 1462-6004

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Purpose: A neo-institutional methodology defines the entrepreneurial environment for SMEs as a multidimensional set of interacting formal/informal institutions influencing regional economic growth. Acknowledging the multidimensional nature of SME growth, this study tests an approach to measure SME institutional environment quality through the identification of regional-level determinants. Design/methodology/approach: The method used in this paper is based on Bruns et al. (2017) model, and is tested on 81 Russian Federation regions. The approach seeks to determine variation in entrepreneurial ecosystems based on quality and estimated marginal effects of difference across geographical regions. Findings: The most severe obstacle to SME development in Russia is its shadow economy and corruption. Access to finance, high transportation fees and instability in the political and economic field rank second and third, respectively. Results suggest governments should eliminate main obstacles at country-level, which hampers the SME sector’s development. While this is noted for this case looking at Russia, this is a common argument found in SME research. Practical implications: Findings from this study are useful in managerial practice, aimed at increasing innovative development and increasing the competitiveness of Russian SMEs. A neoinstitutional approach is one of the theoretical strands with the emphasis on enhanced understanding of organizational behavior and social capital, including cultural norms and beliefs. Originality/value: Utilizing an extended empirical approach to assess the institutional environment for SMEs addresses a research gap—offering novel insight on SME growth useful for policy makers. The results can inform managerial practices to increase SME contribution to economic growth.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management, 1505 Marketing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2020 11:33
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:55
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12229
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