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Closures and downsizing: integrating overlapping literatures
University of St. Andrews, School of Management.
Örebro University, Department of Business, Economics, Statistics and Informatics. (CEROC)
2007 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

One of the perennial puzzles of academic work is why comparable literatures, even when they address overlapping issues, remain insulated from each other. This review addresses just such a case. We provide an overview of two literatures – that on closure and that on organizational downsizing. The comparison and contrast of these two literatures indicates an unrecognized performance paradox. Workplace behaviour post-closure announcement frequently results in high productivity, quality output, worker cooperation and commitment. In contrast, downsizing is, typically, associated with negative performance outcomes, low worker commitment, and the so called ‘dirty dozen’ (Cameron, Freeman & Mishra, 1993; Zatzick & Iverson, 2004). For example, many of the downsizing studies focused on ‘survivor syndrome’ as a cluster of negative workforce outcomes (Brockner et al, 1985, 1986a, b, 1987, 1988a, b). This performance paradox could be artifactual – the product of limited data and skewed samples. However, mounting evidence suggests otherwise. We seek to explore the theoretical explanations and implications of a paradox which has not been identified in the literature to date. The review ends by illustrating the need for integrating these literatures and focusing more clearly on the unit of analysis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007.
Keyword [en]
Closures, downsizing, organizational performance
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-3822OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-3822DiVA, id: diva2:138120
Conference
Academy of Management Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Available from: 2009-01-12 Created: 2009-01-12 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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