Entrepreneurship and the Growth of Firms
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Entrepreneurship and the Growth of Firms

Per Davidsson, Frédéric Delmar and Johan Wiklund

In this book, three leading scholars have integrated some of their most important research in order to answer these questions on firm growth. The result is a volume that builds on studies of many thousands of firms in several different projects. It offers deep insights into the firm growth phenomenon and how it can be studied.
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Chapter 2: Entrepreneurship as Growth: Growth as Entrepreneurship

Per Davidsson, Frédéric Delmar and Johan Wiklund


2. Entrepreneurship as growth; growth as entrepreneurship*1 Per Davidsson, Frédéric Delmar, Johan Wiklund INTRODUCTION An increasing number of scholars identify themselves as ‘entrepreneurship researchers’ (and educators), and would refer to the field of research they are affiliated with as ‘entrepreneurship research’. Many of these researchers would also have a second home in some other application area such as small business, family business, or innovation; in a business sub-discipline like marketing, finance, or strategic management; or in a discipline such as psychology, sociology or economics. Apart from occasionally making it into mainstream journals, the North American members of this community of scholars would regard Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice as primary outlets for their research as well as important reading for their professional development (Romano and Ratnatunga 1997). Further, they are likely regulars at the Babson College/Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Research Conference and/or members of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. In other parts of the world other journals, conferences and associations could be added, but the North American ones would not be entirely disregarded. Entrepreneurship – the concept as well as the phenomenon – certainly attracts at least occasional interest also from researchers who do not fit the above description. However, it is the (admittedly heterogeneous) community of researchers described above, and their research, that we have in mind when we in the following refer to ‘entrepreneurship researchers’ and ‘entrepreneurship research’. Within this rapidly expanding field, business growth has become a major theme. Gartner...

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