A Process Perspective on Organizational Failure: A Qualitative Meta-Analysis

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The question of how and why organizations fail has received considerable attention in literature and case studies constitute a substantial part of the research designs used. Yet, little academic work has been conducted to synthesize evidence from existing case studies on the processes of organizational failure. Based on a qualitative meta-analysis of 42 longitudinal cases studies, we identified four process archetypes of organizational failure: the disruption, the obedience, the illegitimacy, and the paradox track. We explore the relations between these four process archetypes by proposing a process taxonomy of organizational failure. Our process taxonomy extends current theory by suggesting more integrated process explanations and by identifying two rather overlooked patterns of organizational failure.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
Issue number1
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

77 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) vom 04.08 bis 08.08.2017

    Research areas

  • Management studies - Organizational failure, Process Perspective, Qualitative meta-analysis