Loss Aversion Bias in Working Capital Management and Performance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs): The perspectives of Ghanaian SME Managers

Jeff, Lamptey and Asri, Marsidi (2020) Loss Aversion Bias in Working Capital Management and Performance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs): The perspectives of Ghanaian SME Managers. International Journal of Academic Research in Business & Social Sciences, 10 (5). pp. 127-141. ISSN 2222-6990

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Abstract

We examine Loss aversion bias in working capital management and performance of Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Accra, Ghana. Our study adopts a qualitative case study approach and in-depth interviews to obtain data from thirty-five (35) Owner-managers. This research shows that SME managers(owners) are loss aversion as they evaluate financial outcomes by thinking about loss and profits and use profits in most financial decision thereby prone to fear of loss. Moreover, SMEs managers (owners) subjected to enormous fear tend to be highly loss averse over loss (uncertain gain) and risk averse. While managers(owners) with less fear are low loss averse over profits and risking seeking. By implication, low loss averse SME managers(owners) tend to perform better than highly loss averse managers who underinvest in working capital in inventory, resulting in decreased profit margins. Thus, we conclude SMEs manager’s loss aversion matters in working capital management and performance

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Loss Aversion, Ghanaian SMEs Working Capital Management, Performance, UNIMAS, university, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, IPTA, education, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Tuah
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 03:38
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 03:38
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/29829

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