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Title: Identifying high growth firms: Where are we?
Contributor(s): Dwyer, Bruce (author); Kotey, Bernice A  (author)
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1017/jmo.2015.51
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Abstract: The article reviews the literature for the key markers of high growth firms, which create the majority of new jobs. From the review, a template is developed comprising the key markers. They include: training and experience in entrepreneurship and management; and strategies that emphasise innovation, marketing and employee and organisational learning. High growth firm owners take steps to access management skills that complement theirs through employment of a management team, outsourcing management tasks or making decisions with oversight from an informal board. Good reward structures, which may include ownership interests, are essential to performance of the management team. Access to resources, especially finance and human capital is critical to growth but abundant resources could compromise efficiency. The article finds that personality characteristics of owners and postgraduate education in management are not effective identifiers of high growth firms. Some of the barriers to identifying high growth firms are presented and suggestions made to overcome them.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Management & Organization, 22(4), p. 457-475
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1839-3527
Field of Research (FOR): 150305 Human Resources Management
150304 Entrepreneurship
150314 Small Business Management
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 910202 Human Capital Issues
900201 Administration and Business Support Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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