A systematic review of business growth studies

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD candidate/ Entrepreneurship faculty/ University of Tehran

2 Professor/ Entrepreneurship faculty/, University of Tehran,

3 Associate Professor/ management faculty /University of Tehran


Research on Business growth is most important in the management, entrepreneurship and economics. But despite the unprecedented research studies in this field, there is a gap in the accumulation of up-to-date knowledge that includes scientific fields overlooking the phenomenon of business growth. This study aims to improve the understanding of the content of business growth literature by systematically reviewing the researches in this field. Therefore, the purpose of the research is applied and the descriptive-documentary review method. To select articles using a systematic search method, in the Scopus and Web of science database and internal databases, from a total of 1385 refrences, finally 63 foreign studies focused on the theory of business growth, between 1959 to 2022, and 8 internal studies between 1380 to 1400 were selected for metasynthesis analysis. In the analysis section, using metasynthesis method and qualitative approach, the main topic of the selected studies has been identified. The classification of business growth theories and studies into four main groups with the titles of objactive, subjective, lifecycle-oriented and process-oriented studies is the theoretical contribution of the research.


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