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Shaken, but Alive: Organizational Behavior in the Wake of Catastrophic Events

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When faced with survival-threatening catastrophic events, organizations are often advised to adopt radical, frame-breaking changes. However, evidence suggests threatened organizations tend to do exactly the reverse: they are rigid and detached, relying on existing strategies, routines and resources to pull them through, and then — if they survive — coping with problems once the threat has passed. This article explores the parallels between organizational crisis behavior and individual behavio...

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Publication date:
1991-12-05
URN:
uuid:f249ced7-c103-4eae-9856-0ec3a61df4ae
Local pid:
oai:eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk:1947

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