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Entrepreneurial Growth in Finnish SMEs - a qualitative exploration into the business practitioner's perception

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  • Rita Klapper


    (Pôle Entrepreneuriat et Innovation - Rouen Business School - Rouen Business School)

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    This paper investigates the various ways in which Finnish entrepreneurs perceive company growth. The data include an MBA alumni survey, a Linked In sub-group and semi-structured interviews with entrepreneurs. The method is a mix of quantitative and qualitative thematic content analysis, providing an understanding of growth embedded in entrepreneurs' own experience. This was found to be holistically framed, with a discourse far removed from the abstractions of economics and commerce as conventionally conceived. Rather the entrepreneurs had a strong sense of collective responsibility to their group and issues of personal development figured highly. The early results underline a model of entrepreneurship as culturally embedded.

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    Date of creation: 14 Oct 2011
    Publication status: Published in 2nd annual ICSB Global Entrepreneurship, Oct 2011, Washington, United States
    Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00753759
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