Entrepreneurship and Small Business in Eastern Europe: Overcoming Challenges, Sustaining Growth

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dianne H.B. Welsh, Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Small business entrepreneurship is an indicator of market competitiveness and minimal risk both market and systemic. This paper analyses the political, economic, and societal conditions in seven emerging European economies including Russia (EEE7) - Belarus, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, and Ukraine - in order to assess the state of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) following the onset of the global economic crisis. We identify the specific challenges, both systemic institutional ones and those due to the knock-on effects of the crisis, facing small businesses in these countries. We then draw conclusions about the ability of SMEs to help bring about recovery and sustain the growth of their respective economies and perhaps that of the region as a whole. Implications for the role of entrepreneurial capitalism contributing to the economic growth and market sustainability of small geographically contiguous countries located between larger regions and region states in other parts of the world are discussed.

Additional Information

International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 5(3), 148-169. [2013]
Language: English
Date: 2013
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Crisis, Uncertainty, Systemic risk, Market risk, Risk analysis, Market sustainability, Entrepreneurship, Emerging European economies (EEE)

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