Picture of a sphere with binary code

Making Strathclyde research discoverable to the world...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs. It exposes Strathclyde's world leading Open Access research to many of the world's leading resource discovery tools, and from there onto the screens of researchers around the world.

Explore Strathclyde Open Access research content

Small business: Growth intention, ability and opportunity, global perspective

Ali, Shameem and Breen, John and Morrison, Alison J. (2003) Small business: Growth intention, ability and opportunity, global perspective. Journal of Small Business Management, 41 (4). pp. 417-425. ISSN 0047-2778

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

Abstract

The article reviews the literature associated with small business growth, intentions, abilities and opportunities with a view to identifying a schema or framework that would assist with the identification of pro-growth small businesses. In addition, it reports the findings of a study that researched businesses located in the municipality of Maribyrnong situated in the west of Melbourne City, Victoria in Australia. The key focus of the study was to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of factors and characteristics that contribute to a pro-growth small business orientation. Growth in relation to small businesses represents a complex matter and is multidimensional in scope and character. It embraces a convergence of owner-manager ambitions, intentions and competencies, internal organizational factors and region specific resources. A key distinguishing feature of a pro-growth small business is a balanced alignment of the owner-manager's intention, the abilities of business and the opportunity environment. The intention is formed, drawing from the owner-manager's personal and demographic variables and internal value system. The range of ability and opportunity variables confirms the literature findings.