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Corporate Downsizing to Rebuild Team Spirit

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  • Cabrales Goitia Antonio

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    (UNIVERSITY CARLOS III OF MADRID)

  • Calvó-Armengol Antoni

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    (UNIVERSITY CARLOS III OF MADRID)

Abstract

In this working paper, we propose a new theory fordownsizing, based on strategic reasons rather than technological ones. A crisis may lead to a decrease in the willingness to cooperate in an organization, and therefore to a bad equilibrium. A consensual downsizing episode may signal credibly that survivors are willing to cooperate, and thus, it maybe optimal and efficiency-enhancing (for the individuals remaining in the organization), as the empirical evidence suggests. A variation of the same mechanism leads to efficient upsizing.

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Paper provided by Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation in its series Working Papers with number 201084.

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Length: 37
Date of creation: Jul 2007
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Handle: RePEc:fbb:wpaper:201084

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Keywords: Firm downsizing; coordination mechanism; firm size; forward induction; scapegoats.;

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  1. Jordi Brandts & Antonio Cabrales & Gary Charness, 2003. "Forward induction and the excess capacity puzzle: An experimental investigation," Levine's Bibliography 666156000000000253, UCLA Department of Economics.
  2. Borgers Tilman, 1994. "Weak Dominance and Approximate Common Knowledge," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 64(1), pages 265-276, October.
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  1. Doh‐Shin Jeon & Domenico Menicucci, 2011. "Interconnection among academic journal websites: multilateral versus bilateral interconnection," RAND Journal of Economics, RAND Corporation, vol. 42(2), pages 363-386, 06.

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