Financing entrepreneurship in different regions: The failure to decentralise financing to regional centres in Sweden
2010 (English)In: Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, ISSN 1462-6004, E-ISSN 1758-7840, Vol. 17, no 2, 230-246 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to analyse the financial search behaviour of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in different regions and the perceived importance of different external financiers for these firms. Design/methodology/approach: A postal survey targeting the chief executive officers (CEOs) of 459 SMEs was distributed indifferent regions of Sweden. Findings: Large differences exist in the financial search behaviour exhibited by firms in the four different types of regions. In the metropolitan areas, firms are more active in searching for new owners, especially professional investors. In smaller municipalities, banks dominate as the most important financier. Research limitations/implications: The study might not be generalised for other settings because it was carried out in Sweden. Furthermore, the regional types used might cause some concern as to whether the findings can be generalised. Practical implications: Thestudy provides evidence that policies need to be tailor-made for different regionsbecause the predominant type of financier differs greatly between regions. The findings also emphasise the need for policymakers to focus on equity gap issues in regionalcentres. Originality/value: The paper fulfils an important role in elaborating on the use and importance of different types of financing in various regions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 17, no 2, 230-246 p.
Equity capital, Financing, Geographic regions, Loans, Small to medium-sized enterprises, Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-50717DOI: 10.1108/14626001011041238ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77952726364OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-50717DiVA: diva2:462460
QC 201112092011-12-072011-12-072011-12-09Bibliographically approved