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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: How do regulations affect SMEs? A review of the qualitative evidence and a research agenda
Author(s): Mallett, Oliver
Wapshott, Robert
Vorley, Tim
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Keywords: growth
small and medium-sized enterprises
Issue Date: Jul-2019
Citation: Mallett O, Wapshott R & Vorley T (2019) How do regulations affect SMEs? A review of the qualitative evidence and a research agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews, 21 (3), pp. 294-316.
Abstract: The effects of regulations on SMEs have garnered significant political attention internationally yet, in the academic literature, these effects remain contested. This article presents findings from a systematic literature review of qualitative evidence on the effects of regulation on SMEs. We set out the strengths of qualitative approaches in relation to other, more dominant and influential quantitative approaches. We conduct a thematic synthesis of the qualitative research to develop a conceptual framework that provides a processual, embedded understanding of the effects of regulations on SMEs. The conceptual framework highlights four key, interconnected processes: identification-interpretation; strategisation; negotiation; adaptation. This conceptual framework generates insights into dynamic and potentially indirect effects of regulations in relation to a complex array of influences external to and within the business. On the basis of these insights we propose a new research agenda.
DOI Link: 10.1111/ijmr.12191
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