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
Dr. Jonas Gabrielsson
Lunds Universitet, Sweden
Professor Jan Inge Jenssen
University of Agder, Norway
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.