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High-growth firms: Not so vital after all?
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Economics. HUI Research.
HUI Research.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Human Geography. HUI Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3362-5755
2015 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

High-growth firms have received considerable interest recently since they create most of the new jobs in the economy. The purpose of our paper is to investigate the characteristics of high-growth firms prior to their growth period, and whether these characteristics differ across industries. Using data on a large sample of limited liability firms in Sweden for the period 2007-2010, we find that high-growth firms do not have the characteristics that we typically associate with successful firms. On the contrary, our results indicate that high-growth firms have low profits and a weak financial position. This might explain why studies have found that high-growth firms are seldom capable of sustaining their high growth rates in subsequent periods, and thus question policies that are targeted towards these companies.

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2015.
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HUI Working Papers, HUI Research, 114
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Business Administration
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Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-20391OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-20391DiVA: diva2:881367
Available from: 2015-12-10 Created: 2015-12-10 Last updated: 2017-02-06Bibliographically approved

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