Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2013

Publication Title

Journal of Small Business Management

Volume

53

Issue

1

DOI

10.1111/jsbm.12066

Abstract

This research examines how to identify and differentiate key employees from small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) owners and other employees and how their characteristics influence firm success factors. Interviews are conducted with 14 matched pairs of entrepreneurs and key employees operating Canadian SMEs. The study develops a profile whereby the key employee typically (1) corresponds to the key success factors of the SME, (2) is willing to undertake a moderate amount of risk, and (3) differs in education and experience from the entrepreneur/owner. Although employees are important to firm strategy and culture, this is one of the first to examine key employees in small business.

Comments

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Identifying and Differentiating Key Employees from Owners and Other Employees in SMEs, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jsbm.12066. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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