Entrepreneurial and Business Growth and the Quest for a “Comprehensive Theory”: Tilting at Windmills?
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2010
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Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Special Issue: Entrepreneurial and Business Growth
Volume 34, Issue 2, pages 249–260, March 2010
How to Cite
Leitch, C., Hill, F. and Neergaard, H. (2010), Entrepreneurial and Business Growth and the Quest for a “Comprehensive Theory”: Tilting at Windmills?. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 34: 249–260. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2010.00374.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2010
Even though there has been sustained interest in growth for almost 50 years, relatively little is known about this phenomenon and much confusion and misunderstanding surrounds it. Based on a literature review and the articles in this special issue we make three recommendations that we believe will allow theory to advance and be applicable in practice. First, that discourse between key stakeholders is encouraged in order to achieve greater understanding. Second, that focus is placed on “growth as a process,” rather than as a “change in amount.” Third, that knowledge production requires inclusivity and pluralism in research perspectives and approaches.