Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Anatomy of Corporate Decline: A Symbolic Interactionism Approach to the Manager's Observations, Understanding and Response
by Buikema, Ronald J., D.Mgt., University of Maryland University College, 2012, 212; 3602433
Abstract (Summary)

The onset or inception of organizational decline has been largely bypassed in management research over the past two decades, even though understanding this fundamental typology is key to mitigating organizational failure, while also providing important insight regarding how managers respond to phenomena that they may neither expect or understand. Understanding how managers observe, decide, and act in times of uncertainty, and how organizational culture and other factors may shape that environment, are important for scholars and practitioners alike to understand. This dissertation argues that corporate decline has largely been misunderstood from the perspective of onset or initiation; that the manager's decision-making process in times of decline must be considered in relation to the actual causes and factors associated with decline, and that the fundamental definition of organizational decline must be revised in light of advances in our understanding in management over the past three decades. This qualitative empirical descriptive study reviews literature regarding organizational decline with emphasis on the onset of decline, presents an equation for understanding a firm's propensity for decline, provides a revised definition of organizational decline, and examines the decision-making process of management when faced with decline based on symbolic interactionism theory.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Winters, Dennis, Hadary, Sharon
School: University of Maryland University College
Department: Doctor of Management Program
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-A 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Organizational culture, Organizational decline, Symbolic interactionism theory
Publication Number: 3602433
ISBN: 9781303544262
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