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Shaking ground. Maintaining organizational culture in a fast growing tech startup. A case from the Baltic States

Pockeviciute, Ausra LU and Burbaite, Egle LU (2016) BUSN49 20161
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
Thesis Purpose: To understand organizational culture and the ways of maintaining it in a fast growing tech startup from the Baltic States
Research Questions: What is the organizational culture in a fast growing tech startup? What are the challenges faced due to the rapid growth?
What are the ways to maintain the organizational culture in a fast growing tech startup?
Methodology: a qualitative interpretative case study. The data gathered through 15 semi-structured interviews, observations, documents, and literature following an abductive approach.
Conclusions. It is difficult to maintain the same organizational culture as some elements have to be adapted to the changed social reality and complex organizational situation. The rapid... (More)
Thesis Purpose: To understand organizational culture and the ways of maintaining it in a fast growing tech startup from the Baltic States
Research Questions: What is the organizational culture in a fast growing tech startup? What are the challenges faced due to the rapid growth?
What are the ways to maintain the organizational culture in a fast growing tech startup?
Methodology: a qualitative interpretative case study. The data gathered through 15 semi-structured interviews, observations, documents, and literature following an abductive approach.
Conclusions. It is difficult to maintain the same organizational culture as some elements have to be adapted to the changed social reality and complex organizational situation. The rapid growth weakened close social relationships, brought more formality, and different values interpretations. DreamBig aims to preserve informal, friendly, flexible, and participative organizational culture, by applying hiring with a focus on ‘cultural fit’, rituals and team building activities as means to maintain its culture. Formalization initiatives started due to the increased business complexity are contradicting the informality of culture. (Less)
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Pockeviciute, Ausra LU and Burbaite, Egle LU
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organization
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BUSN49 20161
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
Organizational culture, startup, growth challenges, maintaining organizational culture
language
English
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8885709
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2016-06-29 14:17:59
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2016-06-29 14:17:59
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  abstract     = {Thesis Purpose: To understand organizational culture and the ways of maintaining it in a fast growing tech startup from the Baltic States
Research Questions: What is the organizational culture in a fast growing tech startup? What are the challenges faced due to the rapid growth? 
What are the ways to maintain the organizational culture in a fast growing tech startup? 
Methodology: a qualitative interpretative case study. The data gathered through 15 semi-structured interviews, observations, documents, and literature following an abductive approach.
Conclusions. It is difficult to maintain the same organizational culture as some elements have to be adapted to the changed social reality and complex organizational situation. The rapid growth weakened close social relationships, brought more formality, and different values interpretations. DreamBig aims to preserve informal, friendly, flexible, and participative organizational culture, by applying hiring with a focus on ‘cultural fit’, rituals and team building activities as means to maintain its culture. Formalization initiatives started due to the increased business complexity are contradicting the informality of culture.},
  author       = {Pockeviciute, Ausra and Burbaite, Egle},
  keyword      = {Organizational culture,startup,growth challenges,maintaining organizational culture},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Shaking ground. Maintaining organizational culture in a fast growing tech startup. A case from the Baltic States},
  year         = {2016},
}