How big is too big? Growth shock and why organisational development phases are flawed. | The Oxford Review

How big is too big? Growth shock and why organisational development phases are flawed.

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Keywords: organisational size, organisational development, firm size distributions, growth shock, organisational size dynamics, stochastic shock

Over the last 20 or so years there has been considerable research in organisational interest into business and organisational growth. Such research has shown that organisations tend to progress through a series of discrete development phases each with its own challenges and problems. Previous studies have shown that there is a series of critical points as organisations grow that create a growth crisis. Understanding the conditions and factors that lead to a growth crisis is immensely helpful to organisations.

Much research has already been done looking at the impact of increasing group and organisational size across the disciplines of economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology and network sciences.

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