Growth can be through organic growth or through mergers and acquisitions.
However, as an investor, you should assign little importance to growth plans of the company in your investing decision.
It is far more important the company sets out the right strategy, since growth will follow in due course.
Many short-term growth targets get in the way of taking the right long-term decisions.
As an investor, you should be willing to ride out patchy results, considering this to be part and parcel of business.
On mergers and acquisitions, the investors should have a very clear stance: it is important to avoid the urge to grow for growth's sake; the focus should be on acquisitions that make sense and not overpaying. It is important to avoid watering down a quality business with inferior acquisitions.