Title: Management practices, satisfaction with implementation and business performance: an empirical investigation of small scale enterprises in Kuwait

Authors: Adel Al-Wugayan, C.P. Rao, Hamad Al-Duaij

Addresses: College of Business Administration, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5486, Safat 13055, Kuwait. ' College of Business Administration, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5486, Safat 13055, Kuwait. ' College of Business Administration, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5486, Safat 13055, Kuwait.

Abstract: While extensive literature on the management of small business enterprises emphasises the important role played by the small business sector in job creation and in the economic development of countries in general, research dealing with the linkages between systematic business practices and business performance is sparse. This is especially the case with small business sectors in Arab countries. To fill this gap, an empirical investigation was undertaken in the context of Kuwait. Research revealed that the use of systematic business practices and satisfaction with solving business problems are positively related to the past performance of business enterprises but not to the expectations of future business performance. The implications of the research findings for the small business sector development process are discussed.

Keywords: business performance; business practices; implementation satisfaction; Kuwait; SMEs; small and medium-sized enterprises; management practices; entrepreneurship; small businesses; small firms.

DOI: 10.1504/JIBED.2006.011955

Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development, 2006 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.121 - 135

Available online: 04 Jan 2007 *

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