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Muhos, M. (2015) Review of business growth models: methodology and the assumption of determinism. International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 14 (4), 288-306.

Review of business growth models : methodology and the assumption of determinism

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Author: Muhos, Matti1
Organizations: 1Oulu Southern Institute, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2015
Publish Date: 2021-01-18


Numerous configuration models have attempted to clarify management priorities during the early stages of business growth. Earlier reviews have focused on the basic, visible characteristics of these models. Less attention has been paid to research methodology and basic assumptions. This study aims to fill this gap by review of configuration studies conducted over the past six decades. The focused meta-analysis reveals what kinds of research strategies, choices and time horizons, and empirical evidence are utilised for development of the models and what alternative views the models provide in relation to the assumption of deterministic firm growth. The study opens fresh perspectives to methodology and assumptions of the configuration studies and provides guidelines for future research.

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Series: International journal of management and enterprise development
ISSN: 1468-4330
ISSN-E: 1741-8127
ISSN-L: 1468-4330
Volume: 14
Issue: 4
Pages: 288 - 306
DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2015.073810
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Funding: The author greatly appreciates the support of the University of California, Rady School of Management, La Jolla, CA, USA. Further, the author is grateful for the generous support by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation Tekes, the Council of Oulu Region, and the European Regional Development Fund.
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