Exploring stakeholder impact on decision-making processes in startups
: an analysis of organizational structure and volatility

  • Mariana do Amaral Gonçalves (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Startups are full of opportunities for growth and innovation; however, they are characterized by uncertainty and risk. A challenge for effective decision­making is the lack of comprehensive information about how stakeholders in startups make decisions in different scenarios. The current dissertation provides an overview of previous research on hierarchy within well established companies and startups and decision­-making in startups. The research methodology involved conducting nine interviews to examine participants’ perceptions on variables related with decision­making. The results of the dissertation contribute to improving decision-­making practices within startups by examining key topics such as organizational structure, hierarchy, and volatility.
Date of Award3 May 2023
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorCristina Mendonça (Supervisor)


  • Decision-­making
  • Startups
  • Hierarchy
  • Organizational structure
  • Volatility


  • Mestrado em Gestão

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