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Bissett professor Simon Raby publishes research and to be guest editor for International Small Business Journal (2022)

Congratulations to Bissett Entrepreneurship professor, Simon Raby, PhD., on having his paper published in the Journal of Small Business Strategy:

Salder, J., Gilman, M., Raby, S. and Gkikas, A. (2020) Beyond linearity and resource-based perspectives of SME growth, Journal of Small Business Strategy, 30(1): 1-17.


Recent debates have seen increased interest in the growth of SMEs. Most research however follows a limited remit, focusing on specific subsets and employing narrow, resource-based perspectives. A consequence is our knowledge is limited on how SME growth occurs more broadly and the critical determinants in this process. This paper addresses this gap, examining SME growth as a multidimensional process rather than an output.
The paper operationalizes a Four Dimensions Conceptual Model through a Systematic Literature Review of 36 studies on the growth process. It identifies a broader set of determinants supporting a multidimensional approach, the pluralistic nature of SME growth embedded in distinctive contexts. Evidence suggests a greater reliance on firm-based Characteristics and Environmental factors in supporting growth, providing critical inputs into forming and reinforcing networks through which firm-based resources are activated. We emphasize the need to test these propositions through more SME research using qualitative and longitudinal

Further to Simon’s most recent publications, he will also be a co-guest editor (Raby, S., Hart, M. and Harney, B.) for the upcoming Special Issue: In Search of the Next Growth Episode: How Firms Catalyze and Sustain Periods, International Small Business Journal. To be published in 2022. Simon is putting out the call for papers to our faculty:
“This Special Issue seeks to encourage scholars to continue the shift from ‘how much’ to ‘how’ firms grow by calling for a broad palette of contexts and analyses which might span industry context through to cultural expectations. Contemporary interest in high growth firms remains central, while language begins to shift to ‘scale-ups’ and ‘scaling’ processes. The challenges of scaling organizations, though frequently explored in policy and practice, remain under researched. This potentially opens new avenues of opportunity as scholars investigate the specific limits of firm growth, whether they be managerial or reliant on other resources and capacities within and outside the firm.”
For the full description of this special issue, Simon has provided the following documentation:  FirmGrowth, ISBJ SI