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What does (or does not) determine persistent corporate high-growth ?


  • Stefano Bianchini
  • Giulio Bottazzi
  • Federico Tamagni


Theoretical and empirical studies of industry dynamics have extensively focused on the process of growth. Theory predicts production efficiency, profitability and financial status as the central channels through which firms can survive, grow and eventually achieve out- standing growth performance. Does the same conceptual framework provide a convincing explanation of persistent corporate high-growth? Exploiting panels of Italian, Spanish, French and UK firms we find no evidence that this is the case: companies experiencing persistent high growth are not more productive nor more profitable, and do not display peculiarly different financial conditions than firms that only exhibit high, but not persis- tent, growth performance. The finding is robust across countries, across manufacturing and services, and also controlling for firm innovation, age and size.

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  • Stefano Bianchini & Giulio Bottazzi & Federico Tamagni, 2014. "What does (or does not) determine persistent corporate high-growth ?," LEM Papers Series 2014/11, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
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