Our paper aims to participate to the growing policy discussion on high-growth firms (HGFs) by analyzing persistence of high growth patterns over crisis. During downturn periods, such as post pandemic one, policy makers seek sources to maintain competitiveness and accelerate growth. Being dynamic players in economic growth and job creation, persistent high-growth firms are notable candidates for assuming that role under such circumstances. Therefore, in this study we explore the determinants and characteristics of HGFs and persistent high-growth firms (PHGF) in a crisis scenario.
Mariasole Bannò, Assistant Professor at Università degli Studi di Brescia, holds a PhD in Economics and Management of Technology in 2009 and then she was research fellow at University of Trento till 2015. From 2017 she is a European expert for the evaluation of project submitted to public funding, Horizon 2020 and SME instruments. She published several articles, a monography and book chapters in international publications, in the field of economics and management. Her research interests concern: public policy evaluation, family business, innovation and internationalization of firms and gender issue.
Celeste Amorim Varum, Associate Professor with habilitation at the University of Aveiro, currently designated as Advisor of the Secretary of State for Tourism at the Ministry of Economics and Digital Transition of Portugal. Holds a PhD in Economics from University of Reading from 2002. Among other roles, she was Expert Member of the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) - European Commission - DG-Grow in 2018-2020. She published several articles, books and book chapters in international publications, in the field of economics and management. Her research interests concern: public policy evaluation and competitiveness factors of firms and regions, with particular emphasis on issues of innovation and internationalization.