What does organisational growth mean and why does it matter?

Hanako Frawley

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Following Penrose’s seminal book, The Theory of the Growth of the Firm, scholars have focused on how and how much organisations grow. However, what growth means remains undetermined. In this thesis, I investigated the different perspectives of organisational growth, and the implications of these different perspectives on Australian SMEs. I employed a systematic literature review and two empirical studies to explore the organisational growth perspectives of 449 managers, 236employees, and 236 firms. I identified four perspectives—no-focus on growth, externally-focused, internally-focused, and multi-focused. These perspectives directly influence a firm’s learning climate and dynamic capabilities, and indirectly influence a firm’s performance.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Soo, Christine, Supervisor
  • Gruner, Richard L., Supervisor
  • Edwards , Mark, Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date10 Apr 2024
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023


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