Executives' orientations as indicators of crisis management policies and practices

Zachary Sheaffer, Rita Mano-Negrin

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-606
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes


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