Knowledge, learning and small firm growth: A systematic review of the evidence

Knowledge, learning and small firm growth: A systematic review of the evidence A systematic review of empirical research on knowledge and growth in small firms is reported. The findings cover how human and social capital, organizational systems, and knowledge networks combine to facilitate or restrict growth. Findings highlight the situated, complex and idiosyncratic nature of small firm growth and the tensions between this experience and a prevailing view of knowledge in the existing research as a codifiable and transferable asset. A need for supplementary small firm heuristics (to age, size and sector) and epistemologies (to knowledge as an asset) and research approaches are identified to better investigate this diversity. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research Policy Elsevier

Knowledge, learning and small firm growth: A systematic review of the evidence

Research Policy, Volume 36 (2) – Mar 1, 2007

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2006 Elsevier B.V.
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0048-7333
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10.1016/j.respol.2006.10.001
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Abstract

A systematic review of empirical research on knowledge and growth in small firms is reported. The findings cover how human and social capital, organizational systems, and knowledge networks combine to facilitate or restrict growth. Findings highlight the situated, complex and idiosyncratic nature of small firm growth and the tensions between this experience and a prevailing view of knowledge in the existing research as a codifiable and transferable asset. A need for supplementary small firm heuristics (to age, size and sector) and epistemologies (to knowledge as an asset) and research approaches are identified to better investigate this diversity.

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Research PolicyElsevier

Published: Mar 1, 2007

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