Pecking Order Theory and the financial structure of manufacturing SMEs from Australia's Business Longitudinal Survey
Lamberts BRS Financial Planning Pty Ltd
Richard G P McMahon
Flinders University of South Australia, Adelaide SA
PP: 023 - 042
The principal objective in this paper is to ascertain the extent to which Myers' (1984) Pecking Order Theory (POT) of business financing appears to explain financial structure amongst a panel of 871 manufacturing SMEs legally organised as proprietary companies, taken from the Australian federal government's Business Longitudinal Survey for three financial years from 1995-96 to 1997-98.
The research findings reported in the paper provide further substantial empirical evidence broadly suggesting pecking order financing behaviour amongst SMEs. However, the findings also suggest the need for a modified POT that more fully reflects the special circumstances and nuances of SME financing. A full specification for a modified POT of financing for SMEs is proposed as a basis for further inquiry in the area.
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