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Management and Leadership Skills that Affect Small Business Survival

Management and Leadership Skills that Affect Small Business Survival

A Resource Guide for Small Businesses Everywhere

By Jamey M. Long

Have you ever wondered why many of the over 28 million small businesses in operation in the United States do not survive past the first five years? Is it the economy? The stock market? Or is it something else? ‘Management and Leadership Skills That Affect Small Business Survival’ explains why.

Hardback, 190 Pages

ISBN:9781783089499

April 2019

£50, $65

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About This Book

Have you ever wondered why many of the over 28 million small businesses in operation in the United States do not survive past the first five years? As a fellow small business owner (and professor of business administration) trying to compete in the global economy, I became interested in understanding the actual reasons that cause many small businesses to fail. This question consumed me to the point that I decided to go back to school and earn a doctorate degree in business to hopefully understand the answer.

Through my studies, I began to suspect that the main cause of failure for small businesses was the lack of understanding between the roles of management and leadership. I soon became very frustrated when I could not find research studies that showed the direct link between the necessary skills needed for small business survival.

With little information or resources to rely on, I knew that if I wanted the answers I would have to conduct my own research study to gain the necessary insight into this ongoing problem that has plagued over 50% of today’s workforce.

For two years, I studied small businesses in the global economy. After completing a comprehensive study, I was able to finally document actual information that proved the management and leadership skills that affect small business survival. Once I understood the effects of management and leadership skills had on small businesses, I wanted to apply my research to helping small business owners improve their business.

I thought about the struggles and how I could not find any books or resources that provided a ‘one stop shop’ with detailed information on how to succeed in small business management and leadership. All I had available was a lot of business books and models that were created for large corporations and had to modify bits and pieces from several resources to hopefully fit my needs. This process was very time consuming and did not give me a good sense of a how everything fit together to help me succeed.

In fact, everything I found I went through starting my own small business and wanted to create a resource guide that provided a quick resource for all small businesses.

Since there are many different types of small businesses in many different markets, it is easy to understand why there were no specific resources. A resource that looked at the primary basic functions and demonstrated the causal links between management and leadership skills had to be created that could apply to small businesses in the trade sector of the market needed to be created. ‘Management and Leadership Skills That Affect Small Business Survival’ was the outcome.

Reviews

“This is not just another management and leadership skills book. The research is accurate, it is easy to comprehend, and this book will serve as a guide that integrates sound strategies on how to be successful as a small business owner and how to not just survive in the business but also thrive.”
—Nancy Severe, Associate Dean, Northern Virginia Community College, USA

Author Information

Jamey M. Long is a long-term faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College, USA, and other universities. He currently operates a successful small business that helps to promote the growth of small businesses everywhere.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of Tables; List of Figures; Chapter 1. Introduction to the Study; Chapter 2. Literature Review; Chapter 3. Methodology; Chapter 4. Results; Chapter 5. Discussion; References; Index.

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