Managing Change in Extreme Contexts

1st Edition

David Denyer, Colin Pilbeam

Published January 13, 2015
Reference - 324 Pages - 20 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415532808 - CAT# Y136849
Series: Routledge Studies in Organizational Change & Development

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Extreme events such as accidents, crises and disasters occur in organizations of all types. Sometimes these hit the headlines, but they also occur regularly beyond the public gaze. What follows is normally an investigation in which ‘lessons will be learned’ and the event ‘must never happen again’. These produce recommendations to limit the damage from a future event, or to prevent it altogether. In many cases, this doesn’t happen, and the changes are not implemented. Why should this be the case?

Containing a unique collection of cross-sector and international case studies, this book investigates the conditions and processes that encourage or inhibit change after an extreme event. There are nine research-based cases including: a re-examination of change in Haringey Social Services in the aftermath of the deaths of Victoria Climbié and ‘Baby P’; a leak at Sellafield Nuclear reprocessing plant; an explosion on an offshore gas platform operated by Centrica Storage, and the multi-agency response to bush fires in Australia.

In providing a comprehensive analysis of organizational change and crisis management, the book identifies a common event sequence and recurrent issues, themes and mechanisms. The cross-case analysis provides both unique insights into organizational change following extreme events and realistic guidance for improving change implementation. The result is a resource that will be vital reading for advanced students, researchers and managers involved with organizational studies and crisis management.

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