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Formal organizational structures in growth-oriented small and medium-sized companies


The design of formal organizational structures has so far mostly been limited to larger companies. On the other hand, there are hardly any explanations for the situation-adapted design of organizational structures for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Karsten Güttler analyzes the success relevance of various types of organizational structure in the context of growth-oriented small and medium-sized companies. In doing so, he addresses two central requirements: ensuring flexibility and innovation as well as ensuring control efficiency. The impact of these influencing factors on the design of formal organizational structures is examined empirically. A survey of ~ 600 small and medium-sized companies of various sizes, industries and ages serves as the database. The results show that conflict or, alternatively, dominance of the two examined organizational structure requirements have different effects on the suitability of certain types of organizational structure.


Equifinality Success Innovation SME Organizational Design Control Efficiency Medium-sized Enterprises

About the authors

Dr. Karsten Güttler was an external doctoral student of Prof. Dr. Malte Brettel at the Chair of Economics for Engineers and Natural Scientists at RWTH Aachen University. He works as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in Berlin.

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