Patterns of Dynamic Growth in Medium-Sized Companies: Beyond the Dichotomy of Organic Versus Acquired Growth
2016 (English)In: Long range planning, ISSN 0024-6301, E-ISSN 1873-1872Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Current research commonly investigates two different growth modes, organic growth and growth by acquisitions. Studies on acquisition-based growth typically draw on cross-sectional quantitative studies of large firms that treat all acquisitions the same. Our study takes a different approach, and explores different growth modes of a smaller sample of medium-sized companies drawing on a longitudinal, qualitative case-study design. This research design allows us to identify eight different growth modes that companies combine in unique ways over time. Thereby, we illustrate that patterns of dynamic growth in medium-sized firms are much more diverse and complex than commonly assumed.
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growth, renewal, SME, medium-sized company, strategy, family business, Penrose, organic growth, M&A, growth mode, organic growth
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31709DOI: 10.1016/j.lrp.2016.08.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31709DiVA: diva2:967566