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Amundsen versus Scott: Are growth paths related to firm performance?

Alex Coad (), Sven-Olov Daunfeldt () and Daniel Halvarsson ()
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Daniel Halvarsson: The Ratio Institute, Postal: The Ratio Institute, P.O. Box 5095, SE-102 42 Stockholm, Sweden

No 344, Ratio Working Papers from The Ratio Institute

Abstract: In the race to the South Pole, Roald Amundsen’s expedition covered an equal distance each day, irrespective of weather conditions, while Scott’s pace was erratic. Amundsen won the race and returned without loss of life, while Scott and his men died. We investigate how firms’ sales growth deviate from the long-run average growth path. Our baseline results suggest that growth path volatility is associated with higher growth of sales and profits, but is also associated with higher exit rates. This is driven by firms with negative growth rates. For positive-growth firms, volatility is negatively associated with both sales growth and survival.

Keywords: Firm dynamics; Sales growth; Firm exit; Growth paths; Scale-up; Post-entry growth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 L25 L26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2020-12-25
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-ent, nep-sbm and nep-tid
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