Integrating Economic and Organization Theory
Edited by Anna Grandori
Chapter 21: The organizational design of high-tech start-ups: state of the art and directions for future research
The aim of this chapter is to review the literature on the organizational design of startups operating in high-tech industries. For this purpose, we highlight ‘stylized facts’ and articulate some novel research directions which deserve further exploration. Specifically, we focus attention on two prominent elements of high-tech start-ups’ organizational design, which are highly interrelated: organizational structure and decision system. We consider the influence exerted on these elements by the high human capital intensity of these firms and the high velocity environment in which they operate. The chapter finally indicates, as a promising avenue for future research, further investigation of the consequences of technical intensity of human capital and appropriability regime on the heterogeneity of high-tech start-ups.
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