Webber, D. J., Johnson, S. and Fargher, S.
Sector variations in SMEs’ use of external business advice.
Local Economy, 25 (4).
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02690942.2010.498959
This paper uses employer survey data to identify whether and why the probability that a firm uses external advice varies across sectors. The results suggest that the probability of a firm using external advice does vary across sectors and these sector differences can be explained by differences in inherent problems, managerial aspirations and location. Policy makers should not be sector-blind when encouraging firms to use external advice.
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