When Things Go Wrong: Organizational Failures and Breakdowns / Edition 1

When Things Go Wrong: Organizational Failures and Breakdowns / Edition 1

by Helmut K Anheier
     
 

Written by 24 authors from diverse scholarly backgrounds, the essays in When Things Go Wrong focus on four aspects of organizational failure: organizational, political, cognitive, and structural. This book presents failure as a relative concept in terms of the expectations and strategies of stakeholders putting a claim on the performance of the organization and the… See more details below

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Written by 24 authors from diverse scholarly backgrounds, the essays in When Things Go Wrong focus on four aspects of organizational failure: organizational, political, cognitive, and structural. This book presents failure as a relative concept in terms of the expectations and strategies of stakeholders putting a claim on the performance of the organization and the notion of success. It challenges future research in this field to combine economic and noneconomic performance measures to assess organizational tendencies toward success and failure, as well as to differentiate between failure as process and failure as an outcome. When Things Go Wrong will be of interest to professionals and students in organizational studies, sociology, political science, policy studies, industrial psychology, management, public administration, and leadership studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761910473
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. IIntroduction
1Organizational Failures, Breakdowns, and Bankruptcies: An Introduction3
Pt. IIOrganizations and Failure
2Costly Information: Firm Transformation, Exit, or Persistent Failure17
3Decision Overreach as a Reason for Failure: How Organizations Can Overbalance35
4"Tales From the Grave": Organizations' Accounts of Their Own Demise51
5Organizational Coping, Failure, and Success: Academies of Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe71
Pt. IIIThe Political Economy of Failure and Bankruptcy
6Successful Failure: An Alternative View of Organizational Coping91
7Veiled Politics: Bankruptcy as a Structured Organizational Field105
8The Politics of Blame Avoidance: Defensive Tactics in a Dutch Crime-Fighting Fiasco123
9Creating the Agents of Corporate Rescue: Professionalization of Insolvency149
Pt. IVThe Cognitive Construction of Failure
10Prosaic Organizational Failure179
11Permanent Failure and the Failure of Organizational Performance197
Pt. VStructural Failures
12Success and Failure in Institutional Development: A Network Approach215
13Stalemate: A Structural Analysis of Organizational Failure241
Pt. VIConclusion
14Studying Organizational Failures273
References291
Index309
About the Editor312
About the Contributors313

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