The Roots of Informal Responses to Regulatory Change: Non‐compliant Small Firms and the National Living Wage


How do small ‘non‐compliant’ firms (those evading existing regulations) react to further regulatory change? The impact of the National Living Wage in the UK in 2016 is analysed through 22 mostly longitudinal case studies of small non‐compliant firms. The varied responses, endurance of non‐compliance, and blurred and dynamic nature of transitions to compliance are discussed through the lens of institutional approaches to informality. The analysis sheds new light on the relative autonomy of micro processes and the conditions under which external forces affect these processes. Non‐compliant informality, as a persisting feature of small business, is unlikely to be transformed by legal regulation alone.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: © 2019 The Author. British Journal of Management published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Academy of Management This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business, Management and Accounting(all),Strategy and Management,Management of Technology and Innovation
Publication ISSN: 1467-8551
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2023 08:20
Date Deposited: 28 May 2019 14:51
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Published Date: 2020-10-01
Published Online Date: 2019-05-02
Accepted Date: 2019-03-18
Authors: Ram, Monder (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1901-6654)
Edwards, Paul
Meardi, Guglielmo
Jones, Trevor
Doldor, Sabina


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