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Managerial Behavior and Small Firm Performance

Different explanatory approaches have been adopted in the search for an answer to the question about why some firms perform better than others.

The objective of this project is to fill a gap in our understanding of what makes certain small firms grow while others do not by exploring the relation between managerial behavior and small firm growth. This is done by direct observation of the owner-managers in twelve small manufacturing firms (six slow-growing and six fast-growing).

Methodologically the project draws on the extensive research that has been conducted within the area of managerial work. We use the method of structured observation as developed by Henry Mintzberg as the primary tool for data collection.

Updated 2012-02-24