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"Business growth": do practitioners and scholars really talk about the same thing?
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, ESOL (Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership). Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Media Management and Transformation Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7415-7519
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, ESOL (Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership). Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Media Management and Transformation Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0691-2740
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, ESOL (Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership). Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership.
2010 (English)In: Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, ISSN 1042-2587, E-ISSN 1540-6520, Vol. 43, no 2, 289-316 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The current growth literature has stalled over which measures to use in empirical studies, causing a fragmented theory base. This paper claims that there is a third issue that further curbs efforts in developing a better understanding of business growth. Based on a thorough literature review, a quantitative, and a qualitative study, we find that academic scholars and entrepreneurs do not talk about the same thing when they say “business growth.” For practitioners, growth is a more complex phenomenon — with a strong emphasis on internal development — which differs from the simplified conceptualization of growth used in empirical studies.

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2010. Vol. 43, no 2, 289-316 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-14370DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2010.00376.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-14370DiVA: diva2:390097
Available from: 2011-01-20 Created: 2011-01-20 Last updated: 2016-09-07Bibliographically approved

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