S. (Suzana) Varga

Suzana Varga
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM PhD Candidate
Field: Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Affiliated since 2018

PhD Track Scale-up DNA: How do fast-growing organizations sustain their growth over time?

Although academics and practitioners have widely discussed the importance and value of fast-growing organizations or scale-ups, insights about how such organizations may sustain their growth by entering new growth trajectories is rather scarce. Earlier research has shown what may drive growth, more than two-thirds of fast-growing organizations tend to lose their growth after three years. As such, scale-ups need to constantly steer the organizations through disruptive times, and need to balance exploration and exploitation when sensing and seizing new opportunities. This research project focuses on uncovering the DNA of scale-ups and to investigate the organizational and managerial capabilities that those organizations need in order to sustain fast-growth over time. 

scale-up, fast-growth, balancing exploration and exploitation, leadership and management capabilities, and growth implementation
Time frame
2018 -


  • Academic (1)
    • Varga, S., Cholakova, M., Jansen, J., Mom, T., & Kok, G. (2023). From platform growth to platform scaling: The role of decision rules and network effects over time. Journal of Business Venturing, 38(6), Article 106346. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2023.106346


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