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The rhetoric and reality of SME-friendly procurement

Flynn, Anthony ORCID: and Davis, Paul 2015. The rhetoric and reality of SME-friendly procurement. Public Money and Management 35 (2) , pp. 111-118. 10.1080/09540962.2015.1007705

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SME-friendly policies are central to public procurement. The extent to which these policies have been put into practice has gone largely untested, particularly from a SME perspective. To address this gap a survey of SMEs’ reported experiences of policy implementation was conducted. Ireland served as the research context. The findings indicate that policy implementation has been limited. Firm size is found to be a significant predictor of SMEs’ experiences, with micro-enterprises more negative than small or medium-sized enterprises. Reasons for the observed policy-practice divide as well as recommendations for its improvement are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0954-0962
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 October 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 04:58

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