How small business managers’ age and focus on opportunities affect business growth: A mediated moderation growth model
Gielnik, Michael M., Zacher, Hannes, & Schmitt, Antje (2016) How small business managers’ age and focus on opportunities affect business growth: A mediated moderation growth model. Journal of Small Business Management. (In Press)
Research on business growth has been criticized for methodological weaknesses. We present a mediated moderation growth model as a new methodological approach. We hypothesized that small business managers' age negatively affects business growth through focus on opportunities. We sampled 201 small business managers and obtained firm performance data over 5 years, resulting in 836 observations. Growth modeling showed systematic differences in firm performance trajectories. These differences could be explained by modeling focus on opportunities as a mediator of the relationship between small business managers' age and business growth. The study illustrates how mediation models can be tested using growth modeling.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Small Business Manager, Age, Business Growth|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2016 International Council for Small Business|
|Deposited On:||12 May 2016 00:20|
|Last Modified:||13 May 2016 02:03|
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