Organizational Failure: a critique of recent research and a proposed integrative framework

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Title Organizational Failure: a critique of recent research and a proposed integrative framework
Author Mellahi, K.amel; Wilkinson, Adrian John
Journal Name International Journal of Management Reviews
Editor Steve Armstrong
Year Published 2004
Place of publication UK
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Abstract There is a long-running debate in the business literature on the causes of organizational failure. On the one hand, classical industrial organization (IO) and organization ecology (OE) scholars have typically assumed a deterministic role of the environment and argued that managers are constrained by exogenous industrial and environmental constraints leaving them with little real strategic choice, and hence managers’ role should be ignored. On the other hand, the organization studies (OS) and organizational psychology (OP) literature takes a more voluntaristic perspective and argues that managers are the principal decision makers of the firm and, consequently, their actions and perceptions are the fundamental cause of organizational failure. This paper addresses the major deficiencies observed in the diverse body of literature covering this field, suggests an integrative framework and identifies the specific theoretical and methodological challenges ahead for researchers seeking to advance knowledge in the field of organizational failure.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the British Academy of Management. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at
Volume 5/6
Issue Number 1
Page from 21
Page to 41
ISSN 1460-8545
Date Accessioned 2006-07-06
Date Available 2015-05-12T05:13:52Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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