SME Managers and Financial Literacy; Does Financial Literacy Really Matter?

Shamim Akhtar, Yanping Liu


The purpose of this study is to examine the level of small and medium (SMEs) business owners-managers’ financial literacy and its effect on the firm’s performance. The study applied random sample and structural equation modeling approaches in measuring the impact of SME firm owners-managers’ level of financial literacy in the context of Pakistan. The findings reveal the complete influence of firm owners- manager’s financial attitude, financial knowledge and financial awareness in adapting financial literacy to upsurge in firm performance. Results indicate that financial awareness and financial knowledge of SME managers are evidently not a precondition to SMEs performance, yet entrepreneur tactics in making decisions and association to financial attitude have a contrast with financial literacy. Findings would be valuable for the SME owners, investors and service providers.

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