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High-growth cooperatives: financial profile and key factors for competitiveness

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  • Oriol Amat

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    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

  • Jordi Perramon

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    (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

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    Given the current economic environment, high-growth companies are particularly relevant for their contribution to employment generation and wealth. This paper discusses the results of a survey that was conducted in order to gain a deeper understanding of high-growth cooperatives through analyzing their financial profiles and then identifying key contributing factors to their growth. To do this, we compared this particular sample with other cooperatives and other high-growth mercantile companies. The results show the main drivers related to high-growth companies success. They are the competitive advantages based on the surveyed group, modern management techniques, quality and productivity, innovation and internationalization. Additionally, we have observed some financial strengths and weaknesses. In this sense, they are under capitalized companies with an unbalanced growth.

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    Article provided by CIRIEC-España in its journal CIRIEC-España, revista de economía pública, social y cooperativa.

    Volume (Year): (2011)
    Issue (Month): 73 (October)
    Pages: 81-98

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    Keywords: Worker cooperatives; service cooperatives; high-growth cooperatives; competitiveness factors; financial information; management tools.;

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    1. Goedhuys, Micheline & Sleuwaegen, Leo, 2009. "High-Growth Entrepreneurial Firms in Africa: A Quantile Regression Approach," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    1. Bastida, Ramón & Carreras Roig, Lluís, 2013. "Empirical study about the effects of the application of IAS 32 in Cooperatives," Working Papers 2072/220216, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.

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