Business research and entrepreneurship literature typically examines external resources as input or output of entrepreneurial (or high) growth. The purpose of this paper is to combine these two perspectives in describing and modeling high growth.
The study tests the hypotheses on a sample of medium-sized, established manufacturing firms using structural equation modeling.
Results provide original contributions to the business research on firm growth and entrepreneurship. They are consistent with studies advocating the importance of adopting a process perspective when studying business growth to probe the causal mechanisms behind growth.
Being quantitative, this study does not address the dynamic interdependencies between proprietary and hybrid growth. However, the literature on entrepreneurship would benefit from qualitative studies that explore how successful and sustainable growth processes combine the two modes of growth.
Findings partially discard the input and output approach in favor of a vision of entrepreneurial growth as a process that unfolds over time with the development of external relationships. Only the process of collaboration, a core competence of entrepreneurial firms, reduces information asymmetries and agency problems, thus turning the corresponding inter-organizational relationships into formidable feeders of firm growth. Entrepreneurial growth is in fact a process that needs external relationships in order to flourish over time.
Furlan, A., Grandinetti, R. and Paggiaro, A. (2014), "Unveiling the growth process: entrepreneurial growth and the use of external resources", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 20-41. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-12-2012-0142Download as .RIS
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