When Things Go Wrong: Organizational Failures and Breakdowns

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'The editor has worked well to achieve a coherent product which will serve as the authoritative and leading text in its area. The future research agenda is to combine economic and non-economic performance measures, as well a to differentiate failure as process and failure as an outcome.' - Gerald Vinten, Southampton Business Institute, British Academy of Management News

This book deals with the the multi-faceted nature of organizational failure through examination of the organizational, political, cognitive and structural aspects of the phenomenon. 'Failure' is presented as a relative concept where the expectations and strategies of stakeholders make claims on the performance of the organization and the notion

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Twenty-four essays written by authors from diverse scholarly backgrounds focus on four aspects of organizational failure--organizational, political, cognitive, and structural. They present 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, and they challenge future research to combine economic and noneconomic measures of assessment. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761910480
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Helmut K. Anheier (PhD, Yale) is Dean and Professor of
Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He holds a chair of Sociology at Heidelberg University and serves as Academic Director of the Center for Social Investment. From 2001 to 2009, he was Professor of Public Policy and Social Welfare at UCLA's School of
Public Affairs and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics.
Professor Anheier founded and directed the Centre for Civil Society at LSE and the Center for Civil Society at UCLA. Before embarking on an academic career,
he served as social affairs officer to the United Nations. He is currently researching the nexus between globalisation, civil society, and culture and is interested in policy analysis and methodological questions.
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Table of Contents

Organizational Failures, Breakdowns and Bankruptcies - Helmut K Anheier and Lynne Moulton
An Introduction
Costly Information - Lynne G Zucker and Michael R Darby
Firm Transformation, Exit, or Persistent Failure
Decision Overreach as a Reason for Failure - David Wilson, David J Hickson and Susan J Miller
How Organisations Can Overbalance
"Tales from the Grave" - Mark Hager et al
Organizations' Accounts of Their Own Demise
Organizational Coping, Failure, and Success - Renate Mayntz
Academies of Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe
Successful Failure - Wolfgang Seibel
An Alternative View of Organizational Coping
Veiled Politics - Kevin J Delaney
Bankruptcy as a Structured Organizational Field
The Politics of Blame Avoidance - Mark Bovens et al
Defensive Tactics in a Dutch Crime-Fighting Fiasco
Creating the Agents of Corporate Rescue - Terence C Halliday and Bruce G Carruthers
Professionalization of Insolvency
Prosaic Organizational Failure - Lee Clarke and Charles Perrow
Permanent Failure and the Failure of Organizational Performance - Marshall W Meyer
Success and Failure in Institutional Development - Frank P Romo and Helmut K Anheier
A Network Approach
Stalemate - Helmut K Anheier and Frank P Romo
A Structural Analysis of Organizational Failure
Studying Organizational Failures - Helmut K Anheier and Lynne Moulton
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