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Managing Corporate Growth$
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Jordi Canals

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296676.001.0001

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Corporate Growth: Is it a Relevant Issue?

Corporate Growth: Is it a Relevant Issue?

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Corporate Growth: Is it a Relevant Issue?
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Managing Corporate Growth
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Jordi Canals

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296676.003.0001

This chapter talks about the firm which has been the most innovative institution of the 20th century. Firms will always occupy a prominent place in any account of social evolution in the 20th century. Information technology, globalization, and new organizational paradigms are some of the factors that have caused dramatic changes in the landscape in which firms compete. The growth of the firm is not a goal per se. Firms are made up of people who, with the contribution of different types of resources, seek to serve customers through providing differential goods and services. Corporate growth seems to be an important aspect in the firm's evolution and a growing concern for managers. This chapter introduces the subject of corporate growth, not as the firm's objective, but as a process that may be necessary for corporate survival. Growth is important because it can be good for some firms, but also a disaster for others.

Keywords:   innovative institution, firm, social evolution, resources, corporate growth, growth

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