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)

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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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ID Code: 95514
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Small Business Manager, Age, Business Growth
DOI: 10.1111/jsbm.12253
ISSN: 0047-2778
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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