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The author maintains that growth - biological, physical, economic - is concerned with the transformation of one form of energy and matter into another. He analyses the way this energy is used and relates this to business growth. Energy utilization, entropy, transformation and maintenance costs, and the need to seek energetic efficiencies, are discussed. In his analysis of the mechanics of growth, and especially the sigmoid curve, the author shows with examples that a characteristic of growth isdoi:10.4102/sajbm.v13i4.1195 fatcat:flgkemrne5hlxberx53wemyscq