Feudal institutions and small business governance: an exploration and comparison

R. K. Mitchell, S. J. O’Neil

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Decision-making institutions evident in today’s small businesses display remarkable similarities to medieval feudalism. This paper presents: (1) the institutions of feudalism as applied to small business, (2) a theoretical framework as a foundation for explaining obvious parallels, and (3) propositions that furnish a basis for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-218
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1998



  • Business history
  • Governance
  • History
  • Small firms

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