Title: Small traditional and internet-based entities: valuation challenges and future perspectives

Authors: Matteo Pozzoli; Raffaele Marcello

Addresses: University of Naples 'Parthenope', Generale Parisi 13, Naples, 80132, Italy ' 'Pegaso' Online University, Centro Direzionale Isola F2, Napoli, Italy

Abstract: As the OECD reports, smaller and medium-sized companies are the main cornerstone of most global economies. The detection of SMEs' transaction values usually refers to public enterprises in order to establish which best strategies are to adopt. This paradigm implies that generally recognised guidelines are, in some circumstances, hardly applicable to the valuation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Typically, maintaining SMEs' specific peculiarities, they cannot provide proper values with their information system since the recognised methods are usually prepared for large-scale enterprises. This paper illustrates the different solutions proposed by scholars in order to reflect the SME's typicalities in the process of business valuation with specific regard to the internet-based enterprises. The final section of this paper concludes that SME valuations of traditional and internet-based markets require adaptations and not the creation of new models.

Keywords: business valuation; small and medium enterprises; SMEs; traditional companies; digital companies.

DOI: 10.1504/IJDCET.2021.10036568

International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism, 2022 Vol.4 No.1, pp.1 - 15

Received: 17 Oct 2020
Accepted: 16 Nov 2020

Published online: 11 Feb 2022 *

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