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When the lights go out
Örebro University, Swedish Business School at Örebro University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9580-421X
2008 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper provides a fine-tune analysis of critical events that appeared during a closedown process, and outlines a theoretical model of explanations to the productivity increase effect, a Closedown effect, that occurred. The productivity development was dependent of the workers interpretations of the information provided by the management as well as actions and reactions to the prevalent situation. The dialectics between management and the workers changed throughout the closedown period, with fewer conflicts, faster conflict handling, increased formal and informal autonomy and increase in workers initiatives of changes in work design. A HRM-program had an initially positive effect on the workers, whereas its importance was diminishing. The closedown decision generated changes in the structure; control over daily operations diminished, informal leadership evolved and individualization grew stronger as the importance of informal groups deteriorated. Workers found operative space and developed innovative skills and day-to-day rationalizations, job rotation decreased, and production planning deployed to lower levels of hierarchy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008.
Keywords [en]
Closedown, Closedown effect, Threat, Individual reactions, HRM-program
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-3817OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-3817DiVA, id: diva2:138115
Conference
Academy of Management Annual meeting Anaheim, CA, USA, 2008
Available from: 2009-01-12 Created: 2009-01-12 Last updated: 2019-03-26Bibliographically approved

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