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Growing Profitable or Growing from Profits: Putting the Horse in Front of the Cart?

Davidsson, Per, Steffens, Paul R., & Fitzsimmons, Jason R. (2007) Growing Profitable or Growing from Profits: Putting the Horse in Front of the Cart? In Max Planck Institute Schloss Ringberg Conference, June 2007, Tegrenseee, Germany.

Abstract

Firm growth is almost universally portrayed as a good thing, and is commonly used as a measure of success. Applying resource-based reasoning, we argue that growth is often not a sign of sound development. Specifically, we hypothesize that firms which grow without first securing high levels of profitability tend to be less successful compared to firms that first secure high profitability at low growth. Empirical tests using two large, longitudinal data sets confirm that the profitable low growth firms are both more likely to reach the desirable state of high growth and high profitability and have a decreased risk of ending up performing poorly on both performance dimensions. The results suggest that academics, managers, investors and policy-makers may benefit by adopting a more nuanced view of firm growth that explicitly incorporates its intricate relationship with profitability.

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ID Code: 13012
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Growth, Profitability, Success, Performance
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:35

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