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SERTeam - Managing IT May 2006 - Lloyds TSB Small Enterprise Research Report

SERTeam - Managing IT May 2006 - Lloyds TSB Small Enterprise Research Report

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Managing IT (Survey of small business owner-managers, UK 2006) ISSN 1742-9773
Managing IT (Survey of small business owner-managers, UK 2006) ISSN 1742-9773

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Managing IT
May 2006
Small EnterpriseResearch Report
Lloyds TSB
Small EnterpriseResearch Report
Produced by:
The Small Enterprise Research TeamOpen University Business SchoolMichael Young BuildingWalton HallMilton Keynes MK7 6AATel: 0190 865 5831E-mail: b.dash@open.ac.ukwww.serteam.co.uk£40.00 – ISSN 1742-9773 – © SERTeam 2006
Managing IT
May 2006 - Vol.3, No.2
 Web Version
December 2010 Web Version Introduction
 SmaEnterpriseResearchReports2003-09WEB VERSION: INTRODUCTION
The Lloyds Bank/TSB sponsored serieso small business management reportscommenced in 1992, and concluded in2009. In total, 53 reports were publishedover a period o 17 years.Our target audience comprised the owner-managers o independent small businesses,typically employing a workorce o ewer than50, and based in mainland UK.The series originated rom a longitudinalstudy o small business management,undertaken by the Polytechnic o CentralLondon (now the University o Westminster),and culminating in:
The Management of Success in ‘Growth Corridor’ Small Firms
,(Stanworth, Purdy & Kirby, Small BusinessResearch Trust, 1992).
The themes were wide-ranging – includingsuch as Entrepreneurship, Work & Stress,Employment Strategies, and Small Firms &The Environment – and a ull listing is shownoverlea.
In addition to asking straight-orwardquestions and supplying the respondentswith a range o answers to each, thecorresponding questionnaire was included asan appendix to each report so that readerswould know exactly what questions had beenput to respondents.We also sought qualitative inormation – inthe orm o verbatim comments about thekey theme – to help elaborate on whateverrelated challenges respondents elt they wereacing at the time.It should be noted that the fndings areprimarily intended to be indicative ratherthan defnitive – partly due to the sample size– which is, on average, 111 or the reportspublished between 2003-09.
The reports were published conventionally,in hard copy orm, available via subscription– initially by the Small Business ResearchTrust, and since 2003, by the SmallEnterprise Research Team (SERTeam),a research charity based at the OpenUniversity.Regretably, SERTeam ceased operating in2009, and so the authors elt that the morerecent reports would fnd wider interesti they were made reely available via theInternet – especially with the UK economypresently set or a protracted journey out orecession, and with the government in turnreocusing on smaller businesses to aid therecovery.It is worth noting that the series commencedas the economy headed out o the early1990s recession.
In later years – as the Internet and the World-Wide-Web developed, and as an increasinglygreater number o sources o inormationbecame more readily available – we alsoincluded suggestions or online sources orelated inormation.N.B. Where successully validated, the weblinks (URLs) are now enabled, allowingreaders to click-on the suggested WWW link.But in the case o many
invaid web inks
, analternative has been enabled, although notwhere the organisation appears deunct andan obvious replacement has not been traced.
 John Stanworth, Emeritus Professor,University of Westminster
David Purdy, Visitin Feow,Kinston University
http://business.kingston.ac.uk/sbrcWeb version: © John Stanworth & DavidPurdy, December 2010. All rights reserved.

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