Graduation Year

2016

Date of Submission

12-2016

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

Reader 1

Murat Binay

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Abstract

Nearly every company executive strives to achieve rapid growth and expansion for their firm, and does so in an almost single-minded manner. This paper focuses on the seldom discussed or accounted for negative side of rapid growth, namely the growing pains experienced by companies as their larger size creates a variety of challenges, such as increased bureaucracy, financial management, and maintaining efficiency. Specifically, this paper began with the Forbes 100 Fastest-Growing Corporations in 2011 and created a dataset of their corporate information over the five-year period after their recognition (2011-2015). The dataset was analyzed in order to identify the negative factors that those companies experienced due to their rapid growth. The goal of this was provide a roadmap for expansion-minded companies to strategize about their future growth.

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