Background Note | HBS Case Collection | January 2005 (Revised August 2005)

A Note on Managing the Growing Venture

by Richard G. Hamermesh, James L. Heskett and Michael J. Roberts


Focuses on the strategic and organizational challenges that confront growing enterprises and the entrepreneurs who lead them. Provides an overview of how a new venture needs to change as it passes from the initial start-up to the growth phase. Explores how a venture's leadership, strategy, and execution need to evolve to deal with rapid growth. A rewritten version of an earlier note.

Keywords: Business Growth and Maturation; Leading Change;


Hamermesh, Richard G., James L. Heskett, and Michael J. Roberts. "A Note on Managing the Growing Venture." Harvard Business School Background Note 805-092, January 2005. (Revised August 2005.)