High-Growth Enterprises

What Governments Can Do to Make a Difference

The spectacular success of several well-known new ventures in technological fields, which in little more than a decade have jumped from the state of start-ups to that of top international businesses, has pointed to innovation as a key factor in the high growth of firms.  These high-growth enterprises often drive job creation and innovation, so policy makers are increasingly making such companies a key focus. Specifically, how can government policy foster the creation of more high-growth enterprises; what are the growth factors, and how can they be leveraged; what are the appropriate ways to provide such support? To help answer these questions, this report presents findings from two new research studies: (1) reports from 15 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Tunisia) that provide interesting insights into the operations of and challenges faced by high-growth enterprises; (2) a policy survey by the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, which reviewed more than 340 programmes that policy makers in 24 countries have put in place to support the growth of enterprises.  Some of this report’s findings may surprise: any firm can be a growth company; growth is almost always a temporary phase; high-growth small firms are funded mostly by debt, not equity. These and many more insights are summarised and analysed, providing policy makers with ideas on how to power growth at the firm level.

Published on November 03, 2010

In series:OECD Studies on SMEs and Entrepreneurshipview more titles


Executive Summary
Addressing the Needs of High-Growth Enterprises3 chapters available
What powers high-growth enterprises?
Factors that drive high enterprise growth: Evidence from the country studies
Government policies to support high-growth enterprises
Country Studies on High-Growth Enterprises8 chapters available
High-growth SMEs in Latin America's service sector: Six case studies
High-growth firms in Switzerland: Analysis of 11 firms
Process innovation: Driver of enterprise growth in the Czech Republic
Strong customer/supplier relationships: A key to enterprise growth in Japan
Finland: Intellectual asset management among high-growth SMEs
Financing growth and innovation in France
The financing of innovative firms in Canada
Are innovation firms at a credit disadvantage? The evidence from Italy
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