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Financial Distress in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) of Bangladesh: Determinants and Remedial Measures

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  • Mohammad Saleh JAHUR

    () (University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh)

  • S. M. Nasrul QUADIR

    () (University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh)

Abstract

Financial distress in SMEs is a common phenomenon across the world, which has been a subject matter of academicians, professionals and government. Although SMEs are contributing to the economy in the form of employment, supply of products and services by using indigenous technologies, social entrepreneurship, income generating activities etc. SMEs are found most vulnerable to the macro-economic as well as internal management crises. Consequently, they fall into financial distress. In view of this, the present study has been undertaken aiming at identifying the causes of financial distress in SMEs of Bangladesh. The study has employed both financial and statistical techniques for analyzing the data collected for the study. The study has identified some potential problem areas related to financial distress such as rate adequacy, sales trends, indebtedness, management capability, financial planning, etc. The study has also identified some most important causes of financial distress such as fund management & resource crunch, poor accounting system, poor financial control, poor productivity and profitability and management succession. The study has finally come out some strategic and policy related measures for both viable and financially distressed SMEs for preventing them from the exposition to financial and operating risk.

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  • Mohammad Saleh JAHUR & S. M. Nasrul QUADIR, 2012. "Financial Distress in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) of Bangladesh: Determinants and Remedial Measures," Economia. Seria Management, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 15(1), pages 46-61, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:econmn:v:15:y:2012:i:1:p:46-61
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    1. Frydman, Halina & Altman, Edward I & Kao, Duen-Li, 1985. " Introducing Recursive Partitioning for Financial Classification: The Case of Financial Distress," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 40(1), pages 269-291, March.
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    1. Nur Adiana Hiau Abdullah & Muhammad M. Ma'aji & Karren Lee-Hwei Khaw, 2016. "The Value of Governance Variables in Predicting Financial Distress Among Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Malaysia," Asian Academy of Management Journal of Accounting and Finance (AAMJAF), Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, vol. 12(Suppl. 1), pages 1-77–91.
    2. Ashiqur Rahman & Mehmet Civelek & Ludmila Kozubíková, 2016. "Proactiveness, Competitive Aggressiveness And Autonomy: A Comparative Study From The Czech Republic," Equilibrium. Quarterly Journal of Economics and Economic Policy, Institute of Economic Research, vol. 11(3), pages 631-650, September.
    3. repec:jfr:ijba11:v:9:y:2018:i:1:p:75-80 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    SMEs; Financial Distress; Accounting System; Fund Crunch; and Productivity.;

    JEL classification:

    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • L53 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Enterprise Policy
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General

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