Building an integrative model of small business growth

Johan Wiklund, Holger Patzelt, Dean A. Shepherd

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The purpose of this article is to develop an integrative model of small business growth that is both broad in scope and parsimonious in nature. Such a "big picture" model provides an opportunity (1) to gauge how much we really know about small business growth, when we simultaneously consider the constructs from the dominant perspectives, (2) to assess the contribution of each of these perspectives, (3) to examine the indirect effects that some constructs from one perspective might have on small business growth through constructs from another perspective, and (4) to consider different levels of analysis. Based on an analysis of data from 413 small businesses, we derive a set of propositions that suggest how entrepreneurial orientation, environmental characteristics, firm resources, and managers' personal attitudes directly and/or indirectly influence the growth of small businesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-374
Number of pages24
JournalSmall Business Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitude
  • Entrepreneurial orientation
  • Environment
  • Growth
  • Resources
  • SME

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Economics and Econometrics


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