A study of small business owners' perceptions and experiences of government policies in Suzhou, China


The purpose of this study is to explore the Chinese government policies towards small businesses and the perspectives of the business owners on the implemented policies. The research adopts an in-depth interview with five business owners in Suzhou, China and the data collected from the interview are analysed by the SWOT method. Our findings reveal that businesses are satisfied with government intervention. However, over intervention may cause discouragement and may lead to the failure of businesses in China. In addition, the analysis of the findings reveals that most businesses require policy changes and policymakers should consider the weaknesses and opportunities for the future growth of the economy. Our paper provides a contribution to the literature of Chinese businesses and government policies, and helps the owners to understand the business context and challenges. The inability to investigate more entrepreneurs all over the country is the limitation of the study.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEBR.2020.108500
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
Additional Information: Copyright © 2020 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business owners,China,Economic growth,Entrepreneurs,Government policies,General Business,Management and Accounting,Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
Publication ISSN: 1756-9869
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2024 07:24
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2022 14:46
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-06-16
Authors: Chang, Victor (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8012-5852)
Khaleel, Fatima
Zhang, Fangyu
Xu, Qianwen



Version: Accepted Version

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