The Effect of Small-Scale Industry on Local Development Case Study: Karak Governorate
The study aimed at knowing the characteristics of Small– Scale Industries SSIs in the governorate of karak and its important role in local development, Analyzing the relationship between the characteristics of SSIs that include the nature of activity, financing and location and the local development as well as the effect of this sector on the local development of Karak.A statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) program was used for descriptive analysis. All SSIs were selected for the purpose of this study.The main findings indicate that there is a high level of characteristics importance for SSIs. Financing SSIs ranked in the 1st place and location in the 2nd place followed by nature of activity in the 3rd place. There is a significant effect of the characteristics of SSIs on local development in Karak Governorate. There is a significant effect of the nature of the activity and location of the firm on local development in Karak Governorate. But there is no significant effect of finance for SSIs on local development in Karak Governorate.This study has verified further research opportunities that could enrich the understanding of SSIs in the southern region of the kingdom. The paper provides some relevant recommendations to policy makers, development agencies, entrepreneurs, and SSIs managers to ascertain the appropriate strategy to improve the SSIs sector.
Key words: SSIs; SMEs; Industry; Enterprises; Local development; Jordan
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