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This chapter first argues that the literature on financial distress and failure prediction has totally ignored the cause of failure – managers and owner-managers as decision makers – and instead has almost exclusively focused on the effect of failure, the financial data. The chapter then provides a review of the current state of the failure prediction literature. Recent studies that focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are covered next. We arrive at the same conclusion that after 35 years of academic inquiry into bankruptcy prediction, and despite all the sophisticated models and methodologies used in studies of the effects of firm failure, there is “no academic consensus as to the most useful method for predicting corporate bankruptcy.” At the end, the chapter discusses how psychological phenomena and principles, also known as heuristics or mental shortcuts, might be utilized in building more powerful success/failure prediction models.
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