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The impact of managers' attitudes on SMEs' growth in northern Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration. (Sustainable Investment Research Platform)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, ISSN 1476-1297, E-ISSN 1741-8054, Vol. 18, no 3, 298-312 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the impact of managers' attitudes to growth on the realised growth in a sample of 1,416 small firms in northern Sweden. The findings demonstrate a positive relationship between the managers' attitudes and the actual growth outcomes. Zero-growth firms turned out different from both positive- and negative- growth firms with regard to managers' attitude towards growth as a competitive necessity. The owners of zero-growth firms perceived their firms as a primary source of income and employment. Our findings, therefore, provide indications of how attitudes affect outcomes among SMES that aspire to grow.

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InderScience Publishers, 2013. Vol. 18, no 3, 298-312 p.
Keyword [en]
SMEs, Sweden, company growth, managers, managerial attitudes, realised growth, actual growth, growth outcomes, zero-growth firms, positive-growth firms, negative-growth firms, competitive necessities, income sources, employment sources, Västerbotten, Norrland, small and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship
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Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67113DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2013.052518OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-67113DiVA: diva2:610667
Available from: 2013-03-12 Created: 2013-03-12 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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Isaksson, AndersVanyushyn, VladimirHultén, Peter

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