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Enterprise development, especially as it relates to micro, small and medium enterprise development is a complex endeavour with many facets (policy environment, entrepreneurship, innovation, competitiveness, subcontracting, etc. ) which require investigation and research.This page lists and rates electronic resources related to business research and enterprise development research.

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HBS Working Knowledge
Harvard Businesss School Working Knowledge is a forum for innovation in business practice, offering readers a first look at cutting-edge thinking from HBS faculty, and the opportunity to both influence and use these concepts before they enter mainstream management practice. Topics covered include entrepreneurship, finance, globalization, leadership and management, marketing, social enterprise, etc. For each article you have an executive summary, an abstract and sometimes the full working paper itself. You can browse the site by topic, by industry or by region. Outstanding site. Do not miss the HBS Index and the section on sharpening your skills.

IDS International Development Research Teams
From the Institute of International Studies (IDS) in Sussex, this section on International Development Research Teams covers research activities in Climate Change; Globalisation; Governance; Knowledge, Technology and Society; Participation, Power and Social Change; Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction. Very rich and exceptional site. It is really research at its best: current, relevant and complete. Do not miss the British Library for Development Studies and its subject guides.

Social Science Research Network
The Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences ( Accounting, Economics, Finance, Legal) Excellent site.

Erasmus Research Institute of Management
The Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) is a research school of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Its research programmes focus on the study of intra-firm and inter-firm business processes, and the role of data, information, information processing and knowledge in managerial decision making. Excellent and very rich site. Do not miss the section on Research Centers and also the publications section.

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SME Financing Data Initiative
This Canadian government research initiative aims to provide a comprehensive picture of SME financing, covering the entire spectrum of financing products and services. Very rich and excellent site which provides access to important research reports and statistics

CiberWeb - Centers for International Business Education and Research
The 27 Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created to increase and promote the United States ' capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise. They form a powerful network focused on improving American competitiveness by providing comprehensive services and programs that help U.S. business succeed in global markets. Although very much US focused, the site is quite useful due to the wide coverage of international business research.

Warwick Centre for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
The Centre for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (CSME), Warwick Business School, is one of the leading centres for enterprise research in the UK. The site contains research reports, working papers as well as details on the 2006 Finance conference. Very interesting site. Do not miss the 2004 UK survey of SME Finance as well as the report on finance for social entreprises.

Brookings Institution
Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development. It is consistently ranked as the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tank in the US. Very good site. Do not miss the Initiative on Business and Public Policy which provides analytical research and constructive recommendations on public policy issues affecting the business sector.

A Business Researcher's Interests (TM)
The purpose of this site is to serve as the WWW resource for researchers, academics and practitioners with interest in Information Processes, Information Systems and Information Technologies that are relevant to Contemporary Organizational Issues.

Forecasting Principles
The Forecasting Principles site, created by Professor J. Scott Armstrong of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, provides a comprehensive and structured review of the state of knowledge about forecasting methods. A very good site, useful for researchers and practitioners as well as educators.

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Center for Enterprise and Economic Development Research
The Center for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) specialises in research relating to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), social enterprises, and regional and local economic development.The site provides details on the research themes : SME development, finance and innovation ; Social enterprise and community development ; Regeneration and governance ; Enterprise and minorities ; Employment and labour market ; Enterprise and economic development in developing countries. Interesting site which unfortunately provides access to only very few directly downloadable reports. Do not miss the Research Repository which provides an alternative for accessing research results.

Conference Board
A not-for-profit, non-advocacy organization, the Conference Board: is the world's leading business membership and research organization, connecting senior executives from more than 2,900 enterprises in over 60 nations. Unfortunately, despite the numerous business research areas, not much "free" detailed information is available on site.

National SBDC Research Network
The National SBDC Research Network provides research support to over 900 Small Business Development Centers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The Research Network is funded by the US Small Business Administration and administered by the State University of New York. This site is dedicated to the provision of information deemed useful to the potential or ongoing entrepreneur. Links to Business Resources. Very good links to SBDCs in the U.S.

Entrepreneuriat Contact
This site is developed by the entrepreneurship research network of AUPELF-UREF and reflects the implication of francophone universities in enterprise related research, mostly with regards to financing outside of normal banking channels. Contains interesting research documents. Unfortunately the site does not appear to have been updated since 1998.

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