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Title: An exploratory analysis of patterns of movement in the financial structure of Australian small firms
Contributor(s): Gibson, Brian  (author)
Publication Date: 2002
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Abstract: This paper uses data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Longitudinal Database to explore changes in the equity and debt structure of small firms in Australia. Initially the paper provides descriptive detail of financial structure groupings based on previously determined clusters. The nature of movements between groups across the three years included in the analysis is then outlined. Finally, results are presented of exploratory analysis that seeks to identify associations with a range of variables likely to be associated with a firm's membership of one of the five financial structure groups and possible temporal shifts. Included are industry, age, sales and number of employees (as indicators of size), profit (measured in absolute and relative terms), sales growth, and asset structure. Results suggest that, as expected, there are strong associations with demographic variables such as age, industry, size, and asset structure. While there is some association with performance measured by profit, no statistical association with growth was detected.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Rencontres de St-Gall 2002, Hergiswil, Switzerland, September 2002
Conference Details: Rencontres de St-Gall 2002, Hergiswil, Switzerland, September 2002
Source of Publication: Radical change in the world - will SMEs soar or crash? Papers presented to the Rencontres de St-Gall 2002 [Umbruch der Welt - KMU vor Hoöhenflug oder Absturz? Beiträge zu den Rencontres de St-Gall 2002], v.Topic E: Competence levels and competence measurement in SMEs [Thema E: Kompetenzniveau und Kompetenzmessung], p. 385-396
Publisher: KMU-HSG, Swiss Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of St Gallen [KMU-HSG, Schweizerisches Institut für Klein-und Mittelunternehmen an der Universität St Gallen]
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 150314 Small Business Management
150304 Entrepreneurship
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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