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



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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  • Oriol Amat & Jordi Perramon, 2011. "High-growth cooperatives: Financial profile and key factors for competitiveness," Economics Working Papers 1289, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
  • Handle: RePEc:upf:upfgen:1289

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

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    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • M40 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - General
    • P13 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Cooperative Enterprises

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