There Are Few Differences Between Successful and Failed Small Businesses


  • Robert N. Lussier Springfield College
  • Joel Corman Suffolf University


Literature supports the idea that the difference between a successful and a failed small business is dependent upon the firm having ( or using with more efficiency) greater access 10 variables such as ( capital ski//s). With a sample of 216  ma1ched pairs this study used bivariate statistics lo rest the hypothesis that successful businesses have significantly belier results for a/1 15 literature variables (p<.05 ). The rest results reveal that successful firms made significantly greater use of only two variables: professional advisors and their parents owned a business. At variance with the literature and expectations, the failed business owners had a higher level of education and experienced fewer staffing difficulties. It can be concluded that there may not be a valid and reliable set of variables that can distinguish success from failure, and that a different methodological research approach may be necessary. It can be implied that success comes from examining and understanding these variables and applying them for the specific situation at hand.


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There Are Few Differences Between Successful and Failed Small Businesses. (1995). Journal of Small Business Strategy (archive Only), 6(1), 21-34.

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