What means and strategies do small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) use to support their expansion? In what settings and environments are they most likely to flourish? What programs are needed to encourage such companies to emerge? These are the types of questions addressed in a series of publications released today by the HEC Montréal Centre for Productivity and Prosperity (CPP).

“Fast-growing companies, those that expand by more than 20% for at least three consecutive years, create over 75% of new jobs in industrialized countries,” explains Professor Louis Jacques Filion, project co-ordinator and holder of the Rogers–J.-A. Bombardier Chair in Entrepreneurship at HEC Montréal. “So it’s no surprise that ever since the 2008 financial crisis governments looking to boost their economies have become so interested in these firms. The series released today reflects this trend and summarizes the most relevant research in the area of business growth. The studies are intended to offer food for thought for anyone looking to develop policies and programs to foster and support business development. They also outline the main business development support programs created in some fifteen OECD countries over the last decade.”

The seven-volume series of French-language studies by multidisciplinary researchers, entitled Croissance des PME (SMB growth), is aimed at decision makers, businesspeople looking to grow their companies and consultants seeking the best advice to give their clients.

To read more:

Kay, Ondel’ansek, Les PME à forte croissance : Examen de la documentation de recherche, Centre for Productivity and Prosperity, HEC Montréal, September 2014. (Available in French only)

Ibanescu, Mihai, Entreprises en croissance : statistiques, informations et considérations généralesCentre for Productivity and Prosperity, HEC Montréal, September 2014. (Available in French only)

Julien, Pierre-André, Les défis de la croissance des entreprises québécoisesCentre for Productivity and Prosperity, HEC Montréal, September 2014. (Available in French only)

Julien, Pierre-André, Comment multiplier les gazelles, Centre for Productivity and Prosperity, HEC Montréal, September 2014. (Available in French only)

Mélançon, Sylvain, Intervention gouvernementale, programmes et propositions pour les PME en forte croissance du Québec, Centre for Productivity and Prosperity, HEC Montréal, September 2014. (Available in French only)

Joyal, Kaven, Politiques pour soutenir les entreprises à forte croissance : Le design d’un écosystème entrepreneurial : Examen réflexif de la documentation, Centre for Productivity and Prosperity, HEC Montréal, September 2014. (Available in French only)

Filion, Louis Jacques, Croissance des entreprises : Enjeux, défis, information et scénarios de soutienCentre for Productivity and Prosperity, HEC Montréal, September 2014. (Available in French only)

Joyal, Kaven, Rapport synthèse : Forte croissance, innovation et soutiens des gouvernements, Centre for Productivity and Prosperity, HEC Montréal, September 2014. (Available in French only)

Joyal, Kaven, Rapport synthèse : Analyse internationale des programmes publics de soutien aux entreprises en forte croissanceCentre for Productivity and Prosperity, HEC Montréal, September 2014. (Available in French only)