• PREFACE
  • 1 LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
  • 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 3 INTRODUCTION
  • 3.1 Background
  • 3.2 Overall objectives of the review
  • 4 MODELS OF STAGES OF BUSINESS GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
  • 4.1 Fundamentals of stages models
  • 4.2 A model of firm states
  • 4.3 Tipping points
  • 4.4 Absorptive capacity
  • 5 CLASSIFICATIONS OF KNOWLEDGE STATES
  • 6 A TWO DIMENSIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR FIRM GROWTH
  • 6.1 From states to policy implications
  • 7 ABSORPTIVE CAPACITY INTERVENTIONS
  • 7.1 Absorptive capacity for awareness
  • 7.2 Absorptive capacity for knowledge and understanding
  • 7.3 Absorptive capacity for implementation
  • 7.4 Discussion
  • 8 TIPPING POINT INTERVENTIONS
  • 8.1 People management
  • 8.2 Strategy
  • 8.3 Formalised systems
  • 8.4 New market entry
  • 8.5 Obtaining Finance
  • 8.6 Operational improvement
  • 9 DISCUSSION: THE FRAMEWORK AND THE LITERATURE
  • 10 CONCLUSIONS
  • 11 APPENDICES
  • 11.1 Methodology
  • 11.1.1 Systematic review
  • 11.1.2 The review strategy
  • 11.1.3 The systematic review panel
  • 11.1.4 Databases and search results
  • 11.2 Literature summary on firm states
  • REFERENCES