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1 Introduction 1 Per Davidsson, Frid&ric Delmar, Johan Wiklund PART I THE CONCEPTUAL AND EMPIRICAL COMPLEXITY OF THE FIRM GROWTH PHENOMENON 2 Entrepreneurship as growth; growth as entrepreneurship 21 Per Davidsson, Fr&d1ric Delmar, Johan Wiklund 3 Conceptual and empirical challenges in the study of firm growth 39 Per Davidsson, Johan Wiklund 4 Measuring growth: methodological considerations and empirical results 62 Freddric Delmar PART II GROWTH ASPIRATIONS AND MOTIVATION 5 Firm size expectations of nascent entrepreneurs 87 Freddric Delmar, Per Davidsson 6 What do they think and feel about growth? An expectancy-value approach to small business managers' attitudes toward growth 109 Johan Wiklund, Per Davidsson, Fridiric Delmar PART III PATTERNS AND DETERMINANTS OF ACTUAL GROWTH 7 The sustainability of the entrepreneurial orientation-performance relationship 141 Johan Wiklund 8 High-growth firms and their contribution to employment: the case of Sweden 1987-96 156 Per Davidsson, Frederic Delmar