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An investigation of the internal influences on firm growth in female owner-managed established firms

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dc.contributor.advisor Birdthistle, Naomi
dc.contributor.advisor Hynes, Briga Costin, Yvonne 2014-01-21T17:15:22Z 2014-01-21T17:15:22Z 2013
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This research is an investigation of the internal influences on firm growth in female owner-managed firms operating in Ireland. The research contributes by providing an understanding of how a range of internal characteristics and strategic-related activities influence small firm growth specifically in female-owned firms, having previously been identified as an under-researched area. Specifically, an in-depth investigation of how female owner-manager characteristics, firm characteristics and strategic-related activities influence firm growth is conducted, with a view to identifying if common characteristics are evident amongst high-growth female-owned firms. Three measures are used to assess firm growth - turnover, employment and turnover per employee. The research methodology adopted is quantitative in nature, employing a structured questionnaire. In total, 176 usable responses were obtained. This research confirms that firm growth is a complex issue, influenced by a range, rather than a single set of characteristics. The empirical findings demonstrate that specific distinguishable characteristics including age, education, and prior employment experience are prevalent amongst high growth female owner-managers. Coupled with this are firm characteristics such as firm age, industry sector and nature of ownership. Strategic-related activities, setting growth objectives, formalised strategic planning and strategy type also emerge from the research as indicators of high firm growth. Further, this research evidences the appropriateness of employing multiple rather than singular measures of firm growth, as growth may be achieved in one rather than all measures. This research highlights that specific characteristics and factors should be recognised as key indicators of high firm growth in female-owned firms. The findings bring to the fore a number of issues for consideration which will facilitate the development of competencies and skills of female owner-managers for strategy development, enabling higher firm growth. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject female owner-managed firms en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.title An investigation of the internal influences on firm growth in female owner-managed established firms en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis en_US
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dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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