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 7: The Sustainability of the Entrepreneurial Orientation–Performance Relationship

Per Davidsson, Frédéric Delmar and Johan Wiklund


’, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 24(1), 37–48. This research was made possible through generous grants by Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation, Jan Wallander’s Foundation and Ruben Rausing’s Foundation. An earlier version of this chapter was presented at the 1999 Babson College/Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Research Conference. REFERENCES Aldrich, H. (1979), Organizations and Environments, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. Sustainability of the EO–performance relationship 153 Bamford, C.E., T.J. Dean and P.P. McDougall (1997), ‘Initial strategies and new venture growth: an examination of the effectiveness of broad vs. narrow breadth strategies’, in P.D. Reynolds, W.D. Bygrave, N.M. Carter, P. Davidsson, W.D. Gartner, C.M. Mason and P.P. McDougall, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Wellesley, MA: Babson College, pp. 375–89. Barkham, R., G. Gudgin, M. Hart and E. Hanvey (1996), The Determinants of Small Firm Growth, vol 12, Gateshead: Athenaeum Press. Birley, S. and P. Westhead (1990), ‘Growth and performance contrasts between “types” of small firms’, Strategic Management Journal, 2, 535–57. Brown, T. (1996), ‘Resource orientation, entrepreneurial orientation and growth: how the perception of resource availability affects small firm growth’, unpublished doctoral dissertation, Rutgers University. Brown, T. E. and P. Davidsson (1998), ‘Entrepreneurial orientation versus entrepreneurial management: relating Miller/Covin and Slevin’s conceptualization of entrepreneurship to Stevenson’s’, paper presented at the 1998 Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Ghent, Belgium, 21–23 May. (A developed version of this chapter was published as Brown, T., Davidsson, P. and Wiklund, J. (2001), ‘An operationalization of Stevenson’s conceptualization of entrepreneurship as opportunity-based firm behavior’, Strategic Management Journal, 22...

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