Exponential Growth is a Short-term Transient Phenomenon: An Assessment of the Idea of Exponential Organizations

Hanna Kristina Elisabeth Jüllig

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to assess if a company can achieve and maintain exponential growth by applying an organizational design that allows the company to leverage information-based technologies and outsourcing.
The bold promise of the possibility to achieve and maintain exponential growth has tempted and will continue to tempt business executives, entrepreneurs and visionaries to believe that such growth can be possible. However, a master student at Copenhagen Business School can conclude that it is impossible to achieve and maintain exponential growth for companies in any industry, due to the absolute limits of the finite system of the earth as well as limitations embedded within the company itself.
However, dismissing the unachievable promise of exponential growth, the organizational design can present insights about intra- and inter-firm knowledge sharing. Nevertheless, the disconnect lies in the fact that while parts of the organizational design are beneficial for intra- and inter-firm knowledge sharing and application, it does not guarantee exponential growth in any sense.

EducationsMSc in International Marketing and Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages84
SupervisorsSøren Henning Jensen