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The Growth of Small Businesses: Towards A Research Agenda

Akin Fadahunsi1
  • 1 Baptist Bible College, United States


Problem statement: The central objective of this study is to help define a framework for researching the growth of small businesses. Approach: By way of a literature review, the study evaluates current research approaches to small business growth organized around the "key factors" framework proposed which include elements drawn from the characteristics of the entrepreneur, the firm and the business strategy. Results: In the absence of a unified theory of small business growth, models and approaches used to explain small business growth are fragmented and wide-ranging. A consideration of the additional impact on this framework of the external environmental dimension can inject a necessary dynamic element into the research process that is well-placed to capture the process of firm growth, as opposed to the snapshot of firm growth that tends to dominate the existing empirical work. Conclusion: The study concludes that longitudinal and case-based methodologies are needed to develop our existing understanding of small firm growth behavior.

American Journal of Economics and Business Administration
Volume 4 No. 1, 2012, 105-115


Submitted On: 29 May 2012 Published On: 26 March 2012

How to Cite: Fadahunsi, A. (2012). The Growth of Small Businesses: Towards A Research Agenda. American Journal of Economics and Business Administration, 4(1), 105-115.

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  • Entrepreneurship
  • business growth
  • small business research
  • small business development