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Factors Contributory to Success: A Study of Pakistan’s Small Business Owners
Vol. Volume 12, Number 2 June/2007

Steven P. Coy, Margaret F. Shipley, Khursheed Omer and Rao Nisar A. Khan

Small business and entrepreneurship have been at the heart of Pakistan’s economy for almost 60 years, yet little (if any) research has been conducted that identifies factors crucial for small business success in Pakistan. In the past, studies identifying factors crucial for small business success have focused primarily on the United States and Western Europe. This paper presents survey results from 265 small business owners located in and around Karachi, the largest city and hub of economic activity in Pakistan. The survey was designed to identify the internal and external factors that Pakistani small businesspersons believe are critical for success.