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Unternehmenskrisen als Anlass und Motiv fuer die Reform betrieblicher Partizipationsstrukturen? (Company Crises as a Motive for Reforms of Corporate Participative Structures?)

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  • Olaf Kranz
  • Thomas Steger

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Wie wird in KMU, die eine Reform ihrer betrieblichen Partizipationsstrukturen als Antwort auf die wirtschaftliche Strukturkrise planen, waehrend einer Akutkrise mit Blick auf diese Reform und auf die betriebliche Partizipation reagiert? Der vorliegende Beitrag untersucht diese Frage anhand von drei Fallstudien und mit Hilfe systemtheoretischer Begriffe, indem er den Einfluss der Kommunikation einer Unternehmenskrise sowohl auf Entscheidungen bezueglich der Reform der Partizipation als auch auf Entscheidungen im bestehenden Netzwerk der Entscheidungspraemissen zur betrieblichen Partizipation ueber einen Zeitraum von zwei Jahren thematisiert. Die Untersuchungsergebnisse zeigen, dass die kognitive Ausnahmeroutine ’Krise‘ in KMU Reaktionen hervorruft, die zu einer Akzentuierung sowohl des traditionellen Skripts der zweckrationalen Hierarchie als auch der Sozialdimension sowie zu Programmen der Liquiditaetssicherung fuehren, waehrend insbesondere Reformen der immateriellen Partizipation abgelehnt werden. (How do SMEs that intend to initiate a reform of their participative structures to face the challenge of economic structural crises react to the current global financial crisis? On the basis of three case studies and system theory concepts, our paper addresses this question by examining, over a two-year period, the influence of crisis communication on a) decisions regarding participation and b) decisions inside of the existing network of decision premises about participation. Our results show that the exceptional cognitive routine named “crisis” provokes some reactions in SMEs that lead to an accentuation of both the traditional script of the purpose-rational hierarchy and the social dimension as well as to some programs for liquidity protection. Meanwhile, the reform of immaterial participation in particular is rejected.)

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  • Olaf Kranz & Thomas Steger, 2010. "Unternehmenskrisen als Anlass und Motiv fuer die Reform betrieblicher Partizipationsstrukturen? (Company Crises as a Motive for Reforms of Corporate Participative Structures?)," Zeitschrift fuer Personalforschung. German Journal of Research in Human Resource Management, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 24(4), pages 363-385.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:zfpers:doi_10.1688/1862-0000_zfp_2010_04_kranz
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    Keywords

    participative structures; company crisis; case studies; system theory; SME;

    JEL classification:

    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • L21 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Business Objectives of the Firm
    • M11 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Production Management
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • M50 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - General
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management

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