Growing pains in scale-ups: How scaling affects new venture employee burnout and job satisfaction

Mohamed Genedy, Karin Hellerstedt, Lucia Naldi, Johan Wiklund

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Abstract

Although academic interest in organizational scaling is growing, extant research has focused primarily on the antecedents and processes, neglecting how employees experience scaling. Drawing on the scale-up, firm growth, and well-being literature, we take an employee perspective to examine the impact of scaling on employee burnout and job satisfaction. Using a sample of 10,908 new venture employees in Sweden, we show that scaling is positively associated with employee burnout, and negatively with job satisfaction. We also show that the link between scaling, burnout, and job satisfaction depends on whether the employee is in a managerial position or has prior new venture experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106367
JournalJournal of Business Venturing
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2024
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Employee burnout
  • Employee job satisfaction
  • New venture scaling
  • Scale-up

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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