Wellbeing and Productivity in the Business Enterprise Sector: The Curse of SMEs

Alexander Kharlamov, Soumyadeb Chowdhury, Prasanta Dey, Oscar Rodriguez-Espindola, Peter Ball

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This paper considers the link between productivity and well-being in the context of SMEs. We formulate the Business-Wellbeing-Productivity framework, which connects business size and organizational structure with well being parameter, which, in turn, is correlated with productivity. Using country-level dataset of the OECD countries, we show that prevalence of SMEs in a country’s business sector is associated with the decrease in productivity of this country through the SMEs’ negative impact on the workforce well being. Implications of this result for theory and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number18144
Number of pages1
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
Issue number1
Early online date29 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020
Event80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Online
Duration: 7 Aug 202011 Aug 2020


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