What causes exponential growth in an organization? More to the point, what causes healthy growth to stall? Are there leading indicators? Are there signals that are observable that warn of impending trouble?
I’ve been reading Stall Points by Matthew S. Olson and Derek Van Bever, looking for ways to apply the learnings from their study of Fortune 100 companies that suddenly experienced a growth stall. If you’ve been along for the journey here at StrategyCentral you’ve probably seen their names before from the related HBR article.
40 pages in has already yielded some fascinating takeaway. For instance, the major finding of their study is that “the vast majority of stall factors, some 87 percent, are controllable, related to strategy choice or organization design decision (p. 36).” Hmmm.