The Development and Statistical Testing of a Nascent Organization Structure Sequence Model


  • Robert A. Fiore, D.B.A Springfield College
  • Robert N. Lussier, Ph.D. Springfield College


This study identified episodic stages of growth used by nascent hyper-growth firms. Based on the literature, an 11-stage hypothetical episodic Nascent Organization Structure Sequence (NOSS) model was postulated. Sixty-two Inc-500 fastest-growing "gazelle" entrepreneurs identified which of the 11 stages they used or would use to build their business. One-sample chi-square analysis per NOSS stage found that nine of the growth stages were identified as significant (p < .05), resulting in a revised Verified Nascent Organization Structure Sequence (VNOSS) model of high-growth, emerging organizational development. See Figure 1 for a list of the 11 NOSS stages, and Figure 2 for the resulting 9 VNOSS stages. The model contributes to the development of a research foundation that can aid entrepreneurs in changing their structures as they grow their businesses, as well as consultants who help them grow.


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Robert A. Fiore is Professor of Management at Springfield College. His research interest is start-ups and growth and the creation of wealth.

Robert N. Lussier is Professor of Management at Springfield College. His research interest is start-ups, business success vs. failure, and family business.







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The Development and Statistical Testing of a Nascent Organization Structure Sequence Model. (2007). Journal of Small Business Strategy (archive Only), 18(1), 17-34.