Entrepreneurs and growth orientation of young high-tech SMEs in China:multiple measures of performance

Xiao, Li and Larson, Mitch and North, David (2013) Entrepreneurs and growth orientation of young high-tech SMEs in China:multiple measures of performance. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 14 (1). pp. 29-38. ISSN 1465-7503

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Abstract

This paper examines the growth-orientation effects of specific entrepreneurial expertise in an emerging economy. It draws on face-to-face interviews with entrepreneurs of young high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises in the Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi. Using four measures of firm-level performance – that is, employment, profitability, sales turnover and internationalization – the findings show that different types of entrepreneurial teams have different growth intentions depending on the strengths of the team members. The 'mixed' type of team optimized performance in general and employment growth in particular, while 'technology entrepreneurial' teams were more profit-oriented, and 'business practice entrepreneurial' teams were more export-oriented.

Item Type:
Journal Article
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The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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66477
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Deposited On:
17 Sep 2013 08:12
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Yes
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Published
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07 Jan 2020 03:54