Title: Do all entrepreneurs want to make their new technology-based firm grow? An approach through expected consequences of growth

Authors: Caroline Tarillon

Addresses: CERAG, Grenoble INP, University Grenoble Alpes, 525 Avenue Centrale, 38400 Saint Martin d'Hères, France

Abstract: Because the French Government is aware of the high potential of new technology-based firms' (NTBFs) in terms of supporting economic growth, it has set up specific support measures since many years. However, there still is a strong heterogeneity of their growth trajectories. This research aims to better understand this heterogeneity by analysing entrepreneurs' motives for growth. We study the representations of 253 NTBFs' entrepreneurs whose firms have been supported by the French Ministry in charge of Research. We show that it is necessary to better understand the expected consequences that those entrepreneurs anticipate in case of strong growth in order to better understand their motivation to make their business grow.

Keywords: growth trajectories; new technology-based firm; NTBF; entrepreneurs' motivation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGSB.2020.10031240

International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 2020 Vol.11 No.2, pp.114 - 135

Received: 18 Jul 2018
Accepted: 07 Apr 2019

Published online: 12 Aug 2020 *

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