Scaling-up: Building, Leading and Sustaining Rapid Growth Over Time

Justin J.P. Jansen, Ciaran Heavey, Tom J.M. Mom, Zeki Simsek, Shaker A. Zahra

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Even as research on scaling and high growth firms (HFGs) is gaining momentum, the corpus of accumulated research remains largely fragmented and dispersed, with little in the way of a central conceptual foundation or ‘theoretical true north’ to guide empirical development. This Special Issue provides a forum for works that push the theoretical and empirical frontiers of research on scaling and HGFs. We provide a multi-dimensional conceptualization that recognizes scaling as a dynamic capability entailing routines and processes for expansion, replication, and synchronization. We also present a typology that specifies the multiple types of HGFs. Inspired by the four studies published in the special issue, we finally outline five priorities for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-604
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2023

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  • high growth firms
  • leadership capabilities
  • performance
  • scaleups
  • scaling
  • strategies


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