Factors that contribute to the adaptive capacity of fast-growing companies
by Mayon Bongers, Joke van Ede, Fleur Li and Eva Klappe
In this paper, it is investigated how fast-growing companies adapt to dynamic environments from a structuration perspective. A case study was performedtofindthefactorswhichenhancetheadaptivecapacityoffast-growing companies, based on the three structural properties ‘multiplexity’, ‘redundancy’ and ‘loose coupling’. Although only one semi-structured interview with one company was conducted, interesting results were found. Agility and flexibility, through decentralized decision-making, smart communication and adaptive leadership can enhance adaptive capacity of a fast-growing company. Furthermore, organizations need to carefully consider the benefit and cost of redundancy and manage it strategically. In order to give more general implications, further research should be conducted that investigates the adaptiveness of similar fast-growing companies.