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Brendan Daley

Leeds School of Business
University of Colorado, Boulder
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Institutional Affiliation: University of Colorado, Boulder

NBER Working Papers and Publications

August 2018Choosing between Growth and Glory
with Sharon Belenzon, Aaron Chatterji: w24901
Prior work has established that the financing environment can impact firm strategy. We argue that this influence can shape the earliest strategic choices of a new venture by creating a potential tradeoff between two objectives: rapid growth and reaping the benefits of a positive reputation (glory). We leverage a simple reputation-building strategic choice, naming the firm after the founder (eponymy), that is associated with superior profitability. Next, we argue via a formal model that the availability of/dependence on external financing can explain why high-growth firms are rarely eponymous. We find empirical support for the model's predictions using a large dataset of 1 million European firms. Eponymous firms grow considerably more slowly than similarly profitable firms. Moreover, eponym...
 
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