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dc.contributor.authorConway, Elaine
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-14T08:39:57Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-14T08:39:57Zen
dc.date.issued2014en
dc.identifier.citationCONWAY, E 2014, 'Assessing Sustainability Support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)', International Journal Of Performability Engineering, 10, 4, p. 377en
dc.identifier.issn09731318en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/605213en
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this paper is to evaluate qualitatively the impact of sustainability support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) where quantitative results are often difficult to appraise. Many of these organisations require sustainable business support to enable them to start or build their business concepts on sound sustainable platforms. Many SMEs are unable to quantitatively evaluate the benefit which they have received from support programmes because they are in the project planning stage or have limited financial data. Without a form of evaluation, support networks often cannot retain funding support. This paper is based on the grounded theory approach to analyse qualitative data received from participants in a sustainability support programme. Research on such programmes to SMEs is scant. This paper proposes the use of qualitative data collection and its evaluation to be considered when making the case for funding such programmes, along with quantitative data when available
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTotem Publishing Ltd.en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ijpe-online.com/#axzz45mtJxvmwen
dc.subjectSustainabilityen
dc.subjectBusiness supporten
dc.subjectSMEsen
dc.subjectQualitative assessmenten
dc.titleAssessing sustainability support to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Performability Engineeringen
refterms.dateFOA2019-02-28T14:14:31Z
html.description.abstractThe aim of this paper is to evaluate qualitatively the impact of sustainability support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) where quantitative results are often difficult to appraise. Many of these organisations require sustainable business support to enable them to start or build their business concepts on sound sustainable platforms. Many SMEs are unable to quantitatively evaluate the benefit which they have received from support programmes because they are in the project planning stage or have limited financial data. Without a form of evaluation, support networks often cannot retain funding support. This paper is based on the grounded theory approach to analyse qualitative data received from participants in a sustainability support programme. Research on such programmes to SMEs is scant. This paper proposes the use of qualitative data collection and its evaluation to be considered when making the case for funding such programmes, along with quantitative data when available


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