Small business: Growth intention, ability and opportunity, global perspective

Shameem Ali, John Breen, Alison J. Morrison

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    Abstract

    The article reviews the literature associated with small business growth, intentions, abilities and opportunities with a view to identifying a schema or framework that would assist with the identification of pro-growth small businesses. In addition, it reports the findings of a study that researched businesses located in the municipality of Maribyrnong situated in the west of Melbourne City, Victoria in Australia. The key focus of the study was to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of factors and characteristics that contribute to a pro-growth small business orientation. Growth in relation to small businesses represents a complex matter and is multidimensional in scope and character. It embraces a convergence of owner-manager ambitions, intentions and competencies, internal organizational factors and region specific resources. A key distinguishing feature of a pro-growth small business is a balanced alignment of the owner-manager's intention, the abilities of business and the opportunity environment. The intention is formed, drawing from the owner-manager's personal and demographic variables and internal value system. The range of ability and opportunity variables confirms the literature findings.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages417-425
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Small Business Management
    Volume41
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

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    Municipalities
    Demographic variables

    Keywords

    • small business
    • growth intention
    • global perspective

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    Ali, Shameem ; Breen, John ; Morrison, Alison J. / Small business: Growth intention, ability and opportunity, global perspective. In: Journal of Small Business Management. 2003 ; Vol. 41, No. 4. pp. 417-425.
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