Developing the E-Team: A Key to Growth in Small Firms

TitleDeveloping the E-Team: A Key to Growth in Small Firms
Publication TypeDiscussion Paper
Year of Publication2001
Tertiary AuthorsMazzarol, T
Secondary TitleCEMI Discussion Papers
NumberDP0102
PublisherCentre for Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation (CEMI)
ISSN Number1448-2541
Keywordscoaching, human resource management, Small Business, team building
Abstract

This paper outlines the challenges facing small business owner-managers (entrepreneurs) who are seeking growth in their firms. It examines the cycle of growth in the small firm and argues that successful growth requires the development of an entrepreneurial team – the E-Team – who can work with the entrepreneur and eventually take over responsibility for the businesses. The paper suggests that team building and coaching are likely to be key elements of how successfully the firm develops this E-Team. Coaching techniques and lessons from successful entrepreneurs are highlighted.

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