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Research Protocol for the Guatemala Country Study

Organization(s): 
DevTech Systems
Author(s): 
Elizabeth Dunn
David Bloom
Phillip Church
Shand Evans
Institutional Sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development
Publication date: 
Thursday, September 1, 2005
This microREPORT discusses the factors that determine small firms’ ability to grow. The authors discuss evidence about how contextual (business environment), social, individual entrepreneur, and firm-level variables influence micro and small enterprise (MSE) growth. The microREPORT adopts a framework based on opportunities and capabilities and discusses how firm productivity contributes to growth. The authors conclude by discussing how development practitioners can link small enterprise growth to their programs’ desired development objectives, and offer suggestions about targeting growth-oriented “gazelles” versus survivalist firms.