Industry and entrepreneurship

Workshop: Management and leadership skills in high-growth firms (Warsaw, Poland)


 Jointly organised by the OECD LEED Programme and the Department of Innovation at Poland’s Ministry of Economy

Monday, 6 May 2013

Poland’s Ministry of Economy
Pl. Trzech Krzyzy 3/5
00-507 Warsaw

Deadline for Call for Speakers: 5 April 2013
Deadline for Registration: 29 April 2013


Please download final agenda here.

Please download summary report here.

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High-growth firms, i.e. enterprises that grow rapidly over a short period of time, have drawn the attention of policy makers because of the large number of jobs they create. While it is uncontested that high-growth firms account for most job creation, there are fewer certainties about the features and characteristics of these enterprises or on how best they can be promoted by policy.

One policy issue is how to identify potential high-growth firms, whereas another is to understand the types of policy support they require and how to deliver such support.  The OECD LEED Programme is undertaking work in 2011-14 with a view to understanding more about the national and local environments and policies that favour high-growth entrepreneurship. It organised a first workshop on “High-growth firms: local policies and local determinants” in partnership with the Danish Business Authority (DBA) in Copenhagen on 28 March 2012 and is organising other similar events on selected topics to better understand issues and policies around high-growth firms.

This workshop in collaboration with Poland’s Ministry of Economy is part of an OECD LEED series aimed at better understanding issues and policies around high-growth entrepreneurship and intends to get an understanding of management and leadership skills needed in high-growth enterprises and how to nurture them.


Focus Theme

The workshop will be organised around two sessions which will answer the following questions:

Morning session

  • What are the management and leadership skills that propel high-growth businesses?

Certainly, business management skills (e.g. business planning, logistics, etc.) are important for every venture, but there is increasing recognition that they are not enough and need to be combined with more strategic skills (e.g. relational skills, market awareness, opportunity recognition, etc.) for an enterprises to experience fast growth. The workshop intends to scan which of these skills are prevailing in entrepreneurs managing high-growth firms and whether there are any personal features associated with successful entrepreneurship. 

Afternoon session

  • What programmes can support leadership and management skills?  

Training, mentoring and coaching are generally associated with the skills development of entrepreneurs, often in the context of business incubator and business accelerator programmes. The sessions aims to understand whether existing policies and programmes are fit for the purpose of instilling management and leadership skills useful for business growth, to investigate strengths and weaknesses of these programmes, and to come up with suggestions on changes they would need. Possible policy gaps will also be explored.


Call for Speakers

Presentations should fall under one the two themes introduced above and tackle one or more of the following questions:

  • What are the education and professional backgrounds of entrepreneurs able to go through rapid stages of growth? Do they have more education in general? Do they come from specific education or professional backgrounds?
  • Are fast-growing entrepreneurs serial entrepreneurs, i.e. entrepreneurs who have already run more than one business? What is the average age of fast-growing entrepreneurs? And what is the typical age of their high-growth firm?
  • Do fast-growers have more extended networks than others? Do they present any features that make them different from business owners whose employment or turnover remains stable
  • What are the skills that business incubators, business accelerators and other similar programmes try to instil in their participants?
  • Are the methods used in these programmes in line with the expectations of growth-oriented entrepreneurs?
  • Do they cover strategic and leadership competences, in addition to business management skills? If so, which are the methods?
  • Is there any evaluation evidence on the impact of accelerators, incubators and the like?


Registration and information

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