Digital Gazelles: Challenges of Digital Startups during Phases of High Growth

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To investigate the challenges that high-growth digital startups (“digital gazelles”) face, we conducted an exploratory study of this under-researched class of enterprises at the intersection between information systems and entrepreneurship research (“digital entrepreneurship”) and propose a digital gazelle definition. We base our findings on an interview study with high-ranking representatives of 14 digital gazelles of different company ages and from different countries and industries. By following a grounded
theory approach, we identified nine key challenges across the three areas of management, organization structure, and technology/systems. Building on this, we aim to better capture the strong link between the management and the digital technology use of startups in the digital age. Digital gazelles’ leaders can draw on our results to prepare their organizations for further growth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACIS 2023 Proceedings
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationWellington, New Zealand
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Publication date08.12.2023
Article number51
Publication statusPublished - 08.12.2023
Event34th Australasian Conference on Information Systems - ACIS 2023 - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 05.12.202308.12.2023
Conference number: 34

    Research areas

  • Business informatics - digital entrepreneurship, digital gazelles, digital technologies, high growth, challenge