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The Role of SMEs in National Economies in East Asia

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 volume presents detailed analyses of the role and significance of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the economies of East Asia. Various aspects of SME operations are studied.
Extent: 424 pp
Hardback Price: $173.00 Web: $155.70
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 324 4
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  • Asian Studies
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This volume presents detailed analyses of the role and significance of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the economies of East Asia. Various aspects of SME operations are studied, including:

• the role and significance of networking in the conduct of business
• the contribution of culture to business acumen and entrepreneurialism
• human resource development constraints and issues
• technology transfer processes
• the utilisation and application of information technology by SMEs
• the impact of electronic commerce
• the policy framework needed to stimulate the growth of the SME sector.

A common framework is adopted between the different studies, enabling substantive lessons to be derived and policy measures to be identified.

The Role of SMEs in National Economies in East Asia will be of interest to academics and researchers of industrial organisation, Asian economics and Asian studies as well as policymakers concerned with SME growth in the area.
‘The book deserves to be read by those who take an interest in industrial development and SMEs in the region. It provides good basic reading before executing more in-depth study into a particular country or sector.’
– Henry Sandee, ASEAN Economic Bulletin
Contributors: M.A. Abdullah, A. Berry, P. Brimble, G.D. Gregory, C. Hall, C. Harvie, N. Haworth, H. Hill, B.-C. Lee, M. Monsakul, M. Ngui, H. Nguyen, J. Nguyen, D. Oldfield, D. Richards, E. Rodriguez, K. Sugiura, W.L. Tan, L. Van Nguyen, H. Wilson
Contents: 1. East Asian SMEs: Contemporary Issues and Developments – An Overview 2. Profile of SMEs and SME Issues in East Asia 3. China’s SMEs: Their Evolution and Future Prospects in an Evolving Market Economy 4. The Limping Tiger: Problems in Transition for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Vietnam 5. SMEs and the New Economy: Philippine Manufacturing in the 1990s 6. Old Policy Challenges for a New Administration: SMEs in Indonesia 7. An Overview of the Macroeconomic Contribution of Small and Medium Enterprises in Malaysia 8. Policies for SME Recovery in Thailand 9. Promoting SMEs in Korea: Government Response to the Asian Financial Crisis 10. Government Policies and Programs for Small and Medium Enterprises in Taiwan 11. Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Australia 12. Japan: The Role of SMEs in the Mature Economy 13. Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in New Zealand 14. Small and Medium Enterprises in Singapore and the New Economy Index