Small Business and Entrepreneurial Growth Companies

  • Thomas Andersson
  • Martin G. Curley
  • Piero Formica
Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)


The quality of entrepreneurship evokes the difference between small business ventures and entrepreneurial growth companies.

The creation of entrepreneurship in terms of the quantity of new ventures does not automatically assure profitable changes. The success of the enterprise economy machine depends on the quality of its engine – that is, the process of allocating resources for the generation of productive and innovation-driven rather than rent-seeking undertakings. Rent-seeking activities promote forces that choose corporatism over enterprise, and are responsible for a blatant abuse of power. In contrast, productive enterprises constitute the army trained to fight on the ground of competition.

On the one hand, a small business venture tends to be independently owned and operated, not dominant in its field, and not engaged in new marketing or innovative practices. On the other hand, the principal goals of an entrepreneurial venture are profitability and growth, and the business is characterized by innovative strategic practices.


Small Business National Commission Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Entrepreneurial Venture Perfect Competition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Andersson
    • 1
  • Martin G. Curley
    • 2
  • Piero Formica
    • 3
  1. 1.Jönköping Int. Business School, Jönköping UniversityJönköpingSweden
  2. 2.Intel Corporation and National University of IrelandMaynoothIreland
  3. 3.Jönköping University International Entrepreneurship AcademyBolognaItaly

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