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Sustaining Growth and Performance in East Asia

The Role of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Edited by Charles Harvie, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Small Business and Regional Research, University of Wollongong, Australia and Boon-Chye Lee, former Planning & Corporate Performance Directorate, Community Services, NSW Department of Human Services, Australia
This third book in the series focuses on how small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute to achieving and sustaining growth and performance in their economies, as well as the ways in which governments can assist and enhance that contribution. This is of particular concern given the trauma suffered by East Asian economies in the wake of the financial and economic crisis of 1997–98.
Extent: 392 pp
Hardback Price: $186.00 Web: $167.40
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 978 1 84064 808 9
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This third book in the series focuses on how small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute to achieving and sustaining growth and performance in their economies, as well as the ways in which governments can assist and enhance that contribution. This is of particular concern given the trauma suffered by East Asian economies in the wake of the financial and economic crisis of 1997–98.

Faced with the need to restructure and reform their economies and thereby achieve a firm foundation for future sustainable growth, many East Asian countries actively pursued SME growth, focusing on the encouragement of entrepreneurialism in the private sector. Drawing on the insights of a wide range of SME experts, the book provides a broad coverage of important aspects of SMEs, including:

• the contribution of micro-enterprises to economic recovery and poverty alleviation
• measurement and evaluation issues
• managing knowledge development
• ethical values in SMEs
• the internationalisation process
• entry mode decisions in export markets
• technological sourcing
• use of the Internet.

Presenting a contemporary analysis of SME developments in East Asia, both academics and policymakers will find Sustaining Growth and Performance in East Asia of great interest.
Contributors: A. Agus, E. Autio, L. Barratt-Pugh, C. Brindley, H.-B. Cheah, M. Cheah, B. Cornelius, S. Freeman, C. Harvie, Z. Hassan, D. Jackson, T. Keil, B.-C. Lee, P. Régnier, B. Ritchie, P.L. Robertson, E. Sanidas, H. Satyanugraha, R. Smyth, S. Van der Laan
Contents: Part I: General and Macro Aspects 1. Introduction: The Role of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Achieving and Sustaining Growth and Performance 2. Small, Diversified and Sustainable: Small Enterprises in a Sustainable Production System 3. The Contribution of Micro-enterprises to Regional Economic Recovery and Poverty Alleviation in East Asia 4. The New National Accounts and International Standards in the Assessment of Enterprises and Sectors of the Economy 5. On the Evolution of Firm Organization, SMEs and Economic Growth in the USA and Japan 6. The East Asian Financial Crisis in Thailand: Distress and Resilience of Local SMEs Part II: Internal (Micro) Aspects 7. Managing Knowledge Development in SMEs: No Longer the Poor Cousins, as Training Changes to Learning? 8. Ethical Values in Business: A Study of Malaysian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Part III: Strategic Aspects 9. Key Issues in Understanding the Internationalization Process of the Small Firm: An Australian Perspective 10. Entry Mode Decisions of Indonesian Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers in the Export Market 11. Technological Sourcing in Small and Medium-Sized Australian Manufacturing Firms 12. SMEs and the Internet: A Comparative Study – China and the UK Part IV: Policy Aspects 13. Public Policy and SME Development 14. The Changing Role of Local Government in Promoting China’s Collective Township and Village Enterprises 15. Supporting SMEs through Venture Capital Policy Index