Management capability: perspectives from New Zealand small firms: report from BusinesSMEasure 2009

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Battisti, Martina, Deakins, David, Roxas, Hernan Banjo and Coetzer, Alan. 2010. Management capability: perspectives from New Zealand small firms: report from BusinesSMEasure 2009. Wellington, New Zealand. Massey University.
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Management capability: perspectives from New Zealand small firms: report from BusinesSMEasure 2009

Report TypeProject report
AuthorsBattisti, Martina (Author), Deakins, David (Author), Roxas, Hernan Banjo (Author) and Coetzer, Alan (Author)
Institution of OriginMassey University, New Zealand Centre for SME Research
Number of Pages37
SeriesMassey U. College of Business Research Paper No. 8
Year2010
PublisherMassey University
Place of PublicationWellington, New Zealand
Web Address (URL)http://sme-centre.massey.ac.nz/files/managementcapability.pdf
Abstract

Empirical evidence suggests that improving the management skills of owner-managers of SMEs contributes to their survival and growth, and that there is considerable scope for further improvement in skills and competences of owner-managers. In particular, small firm owner-managers’ capability to manage regulation is considered to be important and is of continuous concern for policy makers.

There is limited research internationally (Clarke et al 2006; Downs 1999) and particularly in New Zealand that contributes to a more situational and contextual understanding of how small firm owner-managers acquire their management knowledge and skills and the factors
that affect their capability to manage regulation.

To this end, the Ministry of Economic Development (MED) commissioned a study to assess the nature of management development of small firm owner-managers in New Zealand and
to specifically assess small firm owner-managers’ capability to manage regulation.

The study formed part of BusinesSMEasure, a yearly longitudinal study of SMEs in New Zealand, targeted specifically to survey micro and small sized firms.

The number of firms that completed the survey was 1539. Fifty-eight percent of these firms were micro (0 – 5 FTEs)1 40 percent were small (6 – 49 FTEs) and 2 percent were medium (50 – 99 FTEs). About two thirds of the firms operated in the services sector while the remainder were from the manufacturing and primary sectors.

KeywordsSMEs; management capability
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350716. Small business organisation and management
520104. Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
350711. Organisational planning and management
Public Notes

This report was prepared and submitted to the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development being the funding agency of the project. Please refer to url for paper.

Byline AffiliationsMassey University, New Zealand
Edith Cowan University
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