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Hunting for new employment: the role of high-growth firms

Davidsson, Per & Delmar, Frederic (2003) Hunting for new employment: the role of high-growth firms. In Small Firms and Economic Development in Developed and Transition Economies: A Reader. Ashgate, Aldershot, U.K., pp. 7-20.

Abstract

This study investigates the role of high growth firms for the creation of new employment in Sweden during the 1987-96 period. Our data set is unique in the sense that it captures both enterprise and company group levels of analysis, and in that organic growth can be separated from growth through acquisitions. The results do not support the notion that a small elite of high growth firms accounts for a majority share of employment creation. They rather strengthen the belief that birth and modest growth of large numbers of small and young firms create the lion’s share of genuinely new jobs. We hold that this should not be taken as a sign that high growth firms are unimportant, but as suggesting they are too few.

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ID Code: 5838
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: per.davidsson@qut.edu.au For more information contact the author
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Keywords: Per Davidsson, high growth firms, employment, SMEs, entrepreneurship
ISBN: 0754630609
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Ashgate
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:29

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