Introduction

Davidsson, Per & Wiklund, Johan (2013) Introduction. In Davidsson, Per & Wiklund, Johan (Eds.) New Perspectives on Firm Growth. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, pp. 1-11.

Abstract

The issue of firm growth - how it is achieved and managed, and what consequences it has for different stakeholders - is both theoretically interesting and practically important. It is also an area of scholarly enquiry that has expanded very significantly since we started doing research on it in the 1980s and 1990s. In this volume we present and comment upon the most recent contributions we have made to this field of inquiry - separately, jointly and with various colleagues (who are included in the 'we/us article authors' used in the remainder of this introduction). While the chapters have been published before in various places, we think it valuable to gather them in one easily accessible place, which also allows space for our reflective commentary across the individual chapters. We hope readers will find the work a useful and worthwhile addition to the extant body of knowledge about firm growth. We also hope they will find that it- as its title suggests- brings new•/ perspectives on firm growth and its study, and that it can inspire future contributions by other researchers. This is important, because despite the growing volume of research on firm growth, many important questions still lack satisfactory answers.

The current volume may be regarded as a follow-up of a previous collection where we- and Frederic Delmar- presented and commented on eight articles on (mostly small) firm growth that we had jointly or separately published up until that time (Davidsson et al., 2006). In that volume we organised the works under three broad themes: the conceptual and empirical complexity of the firm growth phenomenon; growth aspirations and motivations; and patterns and determinants of actual growth The current volume builds on and extends these themes. Only one of the chapters in the previous volume directly addressed the issue of drivers of actual growth. We add three more in this book, two of which expand on the (aspirations and motivations' theme by relating growth aspirations and motivations (or lack thereof) of the owner-manager to the actual growth achieved in the subsequent period.

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ID Code: 59521
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Firm Growth, Perspectives
ISBN: 9780857933607
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Deposited On: 01 May 2013 01:58
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 14:14

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