In search of the next growth episode: How firms catalyse and sustain periods of high growth

Simon Raby*, Mark Hart, Brian Harney, Simon Raby, Mark Hart, Brian Harney

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This is an introductory article to the special issue In Search of the Next Growth Episode: How Firms Catalyse and Sustain Periods of High Growth. The article reviews alternative streams of research on firm growth, including ‘random growth’, ‘responsive growth’ and ‘resourceful growth’. The themes of, and contributions to, the Special Issue are presented. Finally, we identify a number of directions for future research, including the importance of unpacking the drivers and causes of high growth episodes (HGEs), amplifying the role of the leader in research on firm growth, while questioning the desired outcomes and consequences of growth. We assert that there is still much to learn about firm growth. Our hope is that this special issue inspires new approaches and an enlarged understanding in this domain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-683
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Small Business Journal
Issue number6
Early online date17 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sept 2022

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  • high growth
  • SMEs
  • scaling
  • growth episodes
  • theory building


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