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Sources of opportunities used by growth minded owner managers of small and medium sized enterprises

  • Hulbert, Bev
  • Gilmore, Audrey
  • Carson, David
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    The purpose of this paper is to investigate the sources and nature of opportunities used by owner-managers of small and medium size (SMEs) firms in order to grow their businesses. In addition to the owner-manager's desire for growth, clearly there needs to be both opportunities to pursue and sufficient management activities that will discover such opportunities, so that a business can grow. These opportunities may originate through some form of environmental change such as advances in technology or by exploiting changes in the marketplace, for example, the exit of a competitor.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Business Review.

    Volume (Year): 22 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 293-303

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:iburev:v:22:y:2013:i:1:p:293-303
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