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Chapter 8: The Determinants of High-growth Entrepreneurship in the Scottish Food and Drink Cluster
Ross Brown This chapter examines the entrepreneurial dynamics of the Scottish food and drink cluster. The empirical focus of this chapter concentrates on the manufacturing and processing sectors as they act as central growth mechanisms for the wider agricultural industry in Scotland. In particular, we examine the role played by rapidly growing firms within the Scottish food and drink cluster. It is now increasingly accepted within the entrepreneurship literature that high-growth entrepreneurial activity appears to have a disproportionate overall impact on economic growth, especially in terms of new job creation. We contend that rapidly-growing firms act as vital ‘growth nodes’ within the Scottish food and drink cluster, playing an important catalytic part in shaping its overall growth trajectory. Due to the dynamic interplay between rapidly-growing firms and their supply chains, these growth nodes also play a powerful role in shaping several different tiers of the wider Scottish agro-food value chain. Dissecting highgrowth entrepreneurship within this cluster was found to be an instructive analytical method for aiding our comprehension of both the current forces shaping the entire food system in Scotland and the rural development implications arising from these dynamic processes. INTRODUCTION This chapter examines the entrepreneurial dynamics of the Scottish food and drink cluster. While the food and drink cluster is our main analytical focus, it is also recognised that this aspect of the food system acts as a central growth catalyst for the wider agricultural industry in Scotland, including livestock, arable and fish farms. As we shall see throughout...
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