Case Study

Beekeeper: From pivoting startup to disrupting scaleup

15 pages
March 2019
Reference: IMD-7-2027

ZURICH (SWITZERLAND), MAY 2018 – Cristian Grossmann arrived early in the office that day. It had not been a breeze for Beekeeper to reach its current situation: a quickly expanding company with over 130 employees across the world, with a plethora of large clients. It was not so long ago that he had started a side-project with a university friend to develop an anonymous flirting platform for students. Several pivots later, the project had started getting a lot of traction and disrupting the hospitality industry’s way of working. The last 12 months had been much more turbulent than expected, and Grossmann was mulling over how the next 12 months would look like. It was crucial for Beekeeper to continue growing, yet there were more and more indications of the organization’s rapid growth leading to overwhelming complexity. So how could Grossmann steer the company towards even more growth while staying agile and exciting?

Learning Objective
  • From start up to scale up
  • Managing growth and complexity
  • Human resource management in hospitality industry
  • Professionalization
  • Strategic pivots
  • Crossing the chasm
  • Growth as objective
  • Team dynamics
  • Motivation
  • Deskless employees
Growth Management, Expansion, Disruption, Agility, Lean Management, Human Resource Management, Hospitality, Professionalization, Deskless Workforce
Global, Switzerland
Beekeeper, Travel and Leisure, Hospitality
Field Research
© 2019
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