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Strengths and Weaknesses in Articles Structure

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Despite the fact that both the SBIR program and the Lumpkin and Dess model (1996) are analytically presented and explained their relationship with current business activities it is not made clear. The conclusions of the particular study do not fill the gap developed through the issue’ s analysis in the previous sections. Apart from the fact that the conclusions section is rather short – two paragraphs – it does not refer to the links developed between the private and the public sector under the influence of the SBIR program. The value of the SBIR program is analyzed in just three sentences, from ‘ programs like … .’ up to ‘ … of the model’ – paragraph one in the conclusions section.

However, the specific program is the main theoretical framework – along with the Lumpkin and Dess model – on which the specific study has been based; for this reason, the analysis of the particular program – especially regarding its effects on the performance of small businesses – would be extensive – not necessarily at the level that the Lumpkin and Dess model has been analyzed but at least at a satisfactory level – referring to the practical implications of the specific program for small businesses in USA – not only the general characteristics and benefits of the program which are explained in the 6th page of the article under evaluation.

The article under analysis focuses on the examination on the potential value of the governmental support in the development of small firms’ technology. After a short reference to the similar programs of countries around the world – in the introductory section – the article’ s main issue is highlighted focusing on the SBIR program developed by the USA government.

The article’ s structure can be characterized as clear and easy to follow; the various aspects of the SBIR program are presented – in one page though – and the model of Lumpkin and Dess (1996) is then explained – a graphical representation of the model is made followed by the analysis of its parts. However, there is no reference to the practical implications of the above model; these implications could be identified and explained only if a small firm was used as an example.

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