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Duo lauded for book on business

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Deputy chairman of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, Dr Lawrence Nicholson, and noted academic Dr Johnathan Lashley have been lauded for their book Understanding the Caribbean Enterprise Insights from MSMEs and Family-Owned Business.

Making remarks on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Jamaica Stock Exchange in downtown Kingston, Dr William Lawrence, director of the professional services unit at the Mona School of Business and Management, congratulated the duo for their work.

“The book is a relaxing and exciting 142-page account and analysis of Caribbean enterprise, with six easy-to-read chapters to inform the way forward, especially for family and women-owned enterprises,” Lawrence said.

“We contend that the appropriate recipe for the region must be context-specific, informed by history and by data from the region,” Lawrence quoted from the book, pointing out that the contents are not available elsewhere and focus on unique Caribbean realities.

He also referred to other quotes from the book.

“An illogical recurring theme is of female-owned firms suffering greater levels of exclusion, and when they are included, are suffering higher collateral requirements and receiving smaller loans, somewhat of a gender premium for female borrowers,” he read from Chapter 4 of the book.

Nicholson, who is also chairman of Television Jamaica, is senior lecturer and head of the Decision Sciences and Information System Unit of the MSBM.

Lashley is a fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.