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Dismantling SAAB: The role of transition agencies in deinstitutionalization

Författare och institution:
Fredrik Lavén (Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Management & Organisation & Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)); Ola Bergström (Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Management & Organisation)
Publicerad i:
Proceedings of the 30th EGOS Colloquium, July 3-5 2014, Amsterdam. ,
Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat
Sammanfattning (abstract):
This paper examines the role of transition agencies in the downsizing and closure of an organization with highly institutionalized patterns of activities at the face of the financial crisis, suggesting that transition agencies play a significant role in processes of deinstitutionalization, defined as the erosion and disruption of institutionalized practices. Transition agencies, such as outplacement agencies, play a role in deinstitutionalization, by dismantling organisational members’ attachment to the organization and dispersing them to new locations, preventing them from reproducing institutionalized practices in the specific organizational setting. The contribution of the paper is twofold. First, in relation to studies of downsizing and organizational closure, the paper contributes by identifying the mechanisms through which restructuring activities, also referred to as “transition work”, may lead to the disruption and erosion of institutionalized activities and practices. Second, while studies of institutional change have acknowledged the importance of processes of deinstitutionalization and the role of external actors in such processes, there are few studies of how deinstitutionalization takes place in the context of downsizing and organizational closure.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Ekonomi och näringsliv
Ekonomi och näringsliv ->
Downsizing, restructuring, deinstitutionalization, transition agencies, outplacement, bankruptcy, translation
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2014-12-11 11:42
Posten ändrad:
2015-01-22 11:28

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