Research Protocol for the Guatemala Country Study

  • Date Posted: June 2, 2010
  • Authors: Elizabeth Dunn, David Bloom, Phillip Church, Shand Evans
  • Organizations: DevTech Systems
  • Document Types: Guidance, Evidence or Research, Evidence or Research
  • Donor Type: Non-US Government Agency

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.