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The quadratic relationship between intangible assets and growth in Portuguese SMEs

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  • Paulo Maçãs Nunes

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    (Management and Economics Department, Beira Interior University, Covilhã, Portugal)

  • Alcina Almeida

    (CEFAGE Research Center, Évora University, Portugal)

This article shows new empirical evidence concerning the growth determinants of SMEs. Specifically, we identify the existence of a quadratic relationship between the level of intangible assets of Portuguese SMEs and their growth. Based on the results obtained here, we conclude that intangible assets represents a catalyst for growth only when accounting for a significant proportion of total assets. A relatively weaker presence of intangibles might in fact inhibit growth.

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Article provided by Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania in its journal The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal.

Volume (Year): 11 (2009)
Issue (Month): 25 (February)
Pages: 151-158

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Handle: RePEc:aes:amfeco:v:11:y:2009:i:25:p:151-158
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