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Peter, Fred and ADEGBUYI , O. A. and Olokundun, Ayodele Maxwell and Peter, Adeshola Oluwaseyi and Amaihian, A. B. and Ibidunni, Ayodotun Stephen. (2018) GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE OF SMES. Academy of Strategic Management Journal , 17 (3). ISSN 1939-6104-17-3-222

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Government support programmes are viewed as important tools for enhancing the performance of SMEs. Despite enormous effort by government to foster growth and development in the SMEs sector through various support programmes, the rising failure and underperformance of the SMEs sector suggest a contrary effect. This study explored the impact of financial assistance on the performance of SMEs across three states in Nigeria. Mixed methods approach was adopted using the survey and semi-structured interview methods. The study makes use of stratified and simple random technique to select the respondent of the questionnaire. A total of four hundred (400) copies of questionnaire were administered to owners/managers of SMEs, out of which only three hundred and sixty (360) were returned and adjudged usable for the analysis, while 20 semi-structured interviews were conducted on the owners/managers of SMEs. Descriptive statistics and Multiple Regression were used to facilitate the estimation process. In addition, thematic analysis was used to analyze the qualitative interviews. The study identified that while financial assistance has significant impact on the performance of SMEs, these supports are inadequate and characterized by stringent, unrealistic bureaucratic details. Based on these findings, the study recommended that facilitating access to adequate funding are highly effective in enhancing performance.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Financial Assistance, SMEs Performance.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 14:06
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2018 14:06

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