Disputas - Casper Claudi Rasmussen, NMBU School of Economics and Business

PhD degree – Trial Lecture and Public Defence
Casper Claudi Rasmussen, NMBU School of Economics and Business will defend his PhD thesis
"SME Growth: The Role of Collectively Competence-based Resources" on 31.01.2014

Norwegian title:
Vekst i små og mellomstore bedrifter: Betydningen av kollektive kompetansebaserte ressurser

Prescribed subject of the trial lecture:
"Theoretical approaches to firm growth in contemporary business studies"

Time and place for the trial lecture and the public defence:
Friday January 31, 2014 at 12.15
Tower Building, Room T401

The candidate’s supervisory group consists of main supervisor Professor Anders Lunnan and co-supervisors Professor Frode Alnes and Associate professor Silja Korhonen-Sande

Evaluation committee:
Dr. Jonas Gabrielsson
Lunds Universitet, Sweden

Professor Jan Inge Jenssen
University of Agder, Norway

Committee administrator:
Associate professor Elin Kubberød, NMBU

The doctoral thesis is available for public review at the NMBU library.
Thesis number 2014:10, ISSN 1503-1667, ISBN 978-82-575-1179-1


High-growth firms contribute disproportionately to job and value creation. Previous research on high-growth firms has shown that high-growth firms are characterized by innovative qualities, have important spillover effects, and are, in general, smaller and younger than other firms. To experience growth, a firm must have a competitive advantage. By applying a resource-based framework, this thesis analyzes high-growth firms from a management perspective and aims to understand how small and medium-sized enterprises configure and exploit their collectively competence-based resources to achieve high growth.

In so doing, this thesis contributes to the literature in three ways: first by examining the direct effects of collectively competence-based resources on company growth; second, by applying mediation and moderation effects to examine how high-growth firms exploit and configure their resources; and, third, by applying different growth indicators and contributing to the ongoing discussion regarding problems with the measurement and conceptualization of firm growth.

Paper I was based on a questionnaire for high-growth firms in Norway and shows that innovativeness is a factor in whether firms become high-growth firms and that innovativeness acts as a full mediator for learning and a creative climate. Paper II was based on a questionnaire for firewood producers in Norway and shows that customer orientation and innovativeness are important drivers in the growth of microfirms. Papers III and IV were based on a questionnaire administered to high-growth firms in Norway. Paper III shows that board composition is likely to differ between high-growth firms and other types of firms. Paper IV shows that the mode of growth affects the impact of entrepreneurial orientation on growth.

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