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Entrepreneurs and growth orientation of young high-tech SMEs in China: multiple measures of performance

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>02/2013
<mark>Journal</mark>The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Issue number1
Volume14
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)29-38
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

This paper examines the growth-orientation effects of specific entrepreneurial expertise in an emerging economy. It draws on face-to-face interviews with entrepreneurs of young high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises in the Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi. Using four measures of firm-level performance – that is, employment, profitability, sales turnover and internationalization – the findings show that different types of entrepreneurial teams have different growth intentions depending on the strengths of the team members. The 'mixed' type of team optimized performance in general and employment growth in particular, while 'technology entrepreneurial' teams were more profit-oriented, and 'business practice entrepreneurial' teams were more export-oriented.