By considering how in many industries an augmentation in production capacity is necessary to bring about significant growth in sales or eventual profit, this study adds an important footnote to prevailing theories of firm survival and competitiveness in strategic management. First, it distinguishes between attempts for new ventures to grow their production from the outcome of their expansions. Second, this study delineates the role of large absolute versus relative growths in production and their differential implications on young, de novo ventures: the former being conducive to firm survival while the latter being detrimental to it. This prediction is supported empirically by ten years of archival data from the intra-European passenger airline industry. In particular, many young firms would survive longer over the medium- to long-term if their relative growth is achieved at a lower but more sustainable rate.
De novo ventures, expansion, growth strategy, survival, mortality, new firms
Strategic Management Policy
Strategy and Organisation
Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, 6-10 August 2010
City or Country
FAN, Terence Ping Ching.
Rethinking Growth: Differential Impact of Large Absolute vs Relative Expansion in De Novo Ventures. (2010). Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, 6-10 August 2010. 312. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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