Characteristics of Healthy and Unhealthy Chinese Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs)

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In this paper, we will present an empirical study of the financial characteristics in the growing Chinese entrepreneurial SMEs, which were listed in the Chinese Stock Markets during 2006–2009. Of these, 20 percent were State-owned enterprises, and the remaining 80 percent were private. The study examined the structures that are embedded in traditional Chinese culture and values, the ownership structure of Chinese SMEs, and the limitations that they experience regarding expansion and growth. Our findings suggest that healthy Chinese SMEs were financially strong, with the majority of them investing in activities in order to strengthen and promote the growth of the business. The findings indicate a certain uniqueness in the financial characteristics of Chinese SMEs.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2012

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  • Advances in Business in Asia: The Opportunities, Threats, and Future Trends of Businesses in China, India and the ASEAN Countries
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