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Public advisory services - theory and practice.
EuroFutures, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
2003 (English)In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, ISSN 0898-5626, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 83-99Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Public advisory service to SMEs is a multibillion pound activity throughout the industrialized world. Yet very little research has been done on the theoretical basis for this field. This paper proposes some elements in a theoretical understanding of the rationale behind public measures. The authors argue that public intervention should be considered at two levels, as a public market intervention and as a consultant-client relation at the micro level. At the market intervention level, public advisory service is seen in the perspective of economic theory, comparing neo-classical and neo-Austrian theory. Two different kinds of services are identified and discussed: operational and strategic. At a micro level, the concepts of client identity and clientifying power relations serve to understand the small business manager's way of responding to services. In combining both levels the market perspective and the micro level it is argued that the neo-classical theory is connected to operational/expert services and objectifying power technologies. The neoAustrian theory corresponds with the empirical findings at the micro level showing strategic services embedded in a subjectifying power technology. With the neo-Austrian perspective the rather symmetrical relations between client and consultant at the micro level is comprehensible

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2003. Vol. 15, no 1, p. 83-99
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3052DOI: 10.1080/0898562021000011205ISI: 000181961400005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0037249629OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3052DiVA, id: diva2:115716
Available from: 2008-03-15 Created: 2008-03-15 Last updated: 2015-07-06Bibliographically approved

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