Executives' Orientations as Indicators of Crisis Management Policies and Practices
The paper examines effects of executives' orientations on crisis management awareness and practices, drawing on the simplicity and paradox management theories. It is suggested that a focus on single-sided management constitutes an antecedent of crisis proneness. Employing a set of key corporate domains and based on a holistic organizational approach, the study aims at assessing the extent to which companies are crisis prone or prepared. In a sample of 82 Istaeli business and not-for-profit organizations it was found that human resource management, strategy, structure, and unlearning factors significantly predicted crisis preparedness. These results suggest that unlearning, despite a mere allusion to this correlate in the simplicity and paradox management theories, correlates better with crisis preparedness. By contrast, traditional strategy-related and structural effects were marginally related to crisis management policies. Implications and suggestions for further research are proposed. Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..
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Volume (Year): 40 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 (03)
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