Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Business Administration




Eric Morse

Second Advisor

Stewart Thornhill

Third Advisor

Glenn Rowe


This study makes several important contributions to the literature. The proposed theory provides the foundation of a meaningful research program on entrepreneurial firm growth. It helps close the gap between the mainstream resource-based view and entrepreneurship research, adding to the growing body of dynamic resource-based view research. Finally, the study complements the extant literature on firm growth by addressing a main gap in the literature. The proposed theory also has important managerial implications. Practicing entrepreneurs will benefit from using the proposed dynamic resource pyramid as the cognitive foundation for developing their growth strategy. Entrepreneurs should constantly monitor all elements of their resource pyramid and coordinate these resources in such a way as to support firm growth. Sustainable firm growth can only be achieved when growth in every dimension is dynamically balanced and synchronized.



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