What characterizes the phenomenon of (small) firm growth, and how can it best be studied? Why and how do firms grow - and why don't they? Is firm growth externally determined or the result of managers' visions and actions? What are the different paths that firms follow in order to achieve high growth? Is growth evidence of entrepreneurship - and is growth always desirable?
In this book, three leading scholars have integrated some of their most important research in order to answer these questions on firm growth. The result is a volume that builds on studies of many thousands of firms in several different projects. It offers deep insights into the firm growth phenomenon and how it can be studied.
This research-based study promises to be a valuable resource for academics and students focussing on business and management, and, more specifically, entrepreneurship. Researchers who aspire to design and conduct further studies leading to deeper and better established insights into firm growth will also find the book invaluable, as will those who encourage and assist firm growth as part of their profession.
Per Davidsson, Director, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research and Professor of Entrepreneurship, Queensland University of Technology, Australia and Joenkoeping International Business School, Sweden, Frederic Delmar, Professor, EMLYON Business School, France and Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Sweden and Johan Wiklund, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US and Joenkoeping International Business School, Sweden
Contents: 1. Introduction Part I: The Conceptual and Empirical Complexity of the Firm Growth Phenomenon 2. Entrepreneurship as Growth: Growth as Entrepreneurship 3. Conceptual and Empirical Challenges in the Study of Firm Growth 4. Measuring Growth: Methodological Considerations and Empirical Results Part II: Growth Aspirations and Motivation 5. Firm Size Expectations of Nascent Entrepreneurs 6. What Do They Think and Feel About Growth? An Expectancy-Value Approach to Small Business Managers' Attitudes Toward Growth Part III: Patterns and Determinants of Actual Growth 7. The Sustainability of the Entrepreneurial Orientation-Performance Relationship 8. High-Growth Firms and Their Contribution to Employment: The Case of Sweden 1987-96 9. Arriving at the High-Growth Firm Index