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Growth and job creation at the firm level: Swedish SME data
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5731-0489
2018 (English)In: Management Research Review, ISSN 2040-8269, E-ISSN 2040-8277, Vol. 41, no 3, p. 345-358Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate the association between firm sales growth and employment level as a proxy for job creation among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Design/methodology/approach: The hypotheses were empirically examined by performing several univariate and multivariate regressions to investigate a large panel data set of 13,548 Swedish SMEs in four industry sectors in the four-year period from 2009 to 2012. Findings: The results indicate that growth, in terms of sales, as a competitive advantage is positively related to the number of employees hired by the sampled firms. In addition, the size and age variables are also positively associated with the number of employees hired. The results support the suitability of implementing the resource-based view to explain job creation by SMEs. Originality/value: While previous studies have mostly ignored the impact of these firm-level variables on job creation, the current study highlights the effect of firm-specific characteristics such as sales growth, size, age and industry. The authors use a combination of models to analyse a large cross-sectoral data set regarding the association, in SMEs, between the firms’ sales growth and job creation.

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2018. Vol. 41, no 3, p. 345-358
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneurship and small business management, Firm growth, Job creation, Panel data, Resource-based view, SMEs, Sweden
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33507DOI: 10.1108/MRR-03-2017-0093ISI: 000430014800004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044599607OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-33507DiVA, id: diva2:1198351
Available from: 2018-04-17 Created: 2018-04-17 Last updated: 2018-05-15Bibliographically approved

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