Barbara Czarniawska is a distinguished scholar and author in the field of organization. Drawing on her extensive knowledge she has gathered together other leading experts to apply organization theory to yet another relevant field of practice – risk management.
There are no prescriptions for organizing in the face of risk and threat, but the accumulating experience shows that a well-rehearsed improvisation brings much better results than planning and construction of formal organizations. This timely book contains cases of risk and threat where the former strategy succeeds and the latter fails. The wealth of cases presented includes the Marburg virus outbreak in Angola, bird flu, health insurance after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and the Tjörn bridge catastrophe in Sweden.
Graduate and postgraduate students in business and management schools, as well as academics teaching courses in risk management across disciplines should not be without this book. Risk management specialists will also find this book invaluable.
|Publisher:||Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.|
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About the Author
Edited by Barbara Czarniawska, Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Professor of Management Studies, GRI, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Action Nets
2. Risk and Organizing – The Growth of a Research Field
3. Marburg Virus, or a Story of Preparedness
4. Bird Flu – Threat or Opportunity?
5. Welfare Services – An Area for Risk Management?
6. Adventure Tourism: Making Risk Safe
7. A Net of Actions in the Tracks of Storm Gudrun
8. The Tjörn Bridge Catastrophe – On Building a New Bridge Out of an Old One
9. Small Time Breaks
10. The Aesthetic Threat
11. Conclusions: Plans or Well-Practiced Improvisations?