The Broad vs. the Pointed Brush

Status Change, Stigma and Blame Following Fast Organizational Failure

Agnieska Nowinska, Kristina Vaarst Andersen, Mark Lorenzen

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaperForskningpeer review

Resumé

This paper explores labor market mechanisms of intra-professional status change following fast organizational failure. We undertake a case study of a collapsed high-profile bunker oil company, selected on account of its failure’s scale, speed, and organizational and geographical heterogeneity. Using unique hand-collected qualitative and quantitative data, we examine the careers of the organization’s displaced employees. At odds with extant theory on stigma, we do not find any general status loss. We explain this by the fast decline and aftermath after bankruptcy of this particular organization, allowing insufficient time for a stigmatization mechanism. We find that displaced employees most prone to status loss are those having worked organizationally and geographically proximately to the locus of the organization’s failure. We suggest that in lieu of stigma, status change is driven by a mechanism of blame, i.e. perceived culpability of those displaced employees with comparatively strong association to organizational failure. Comparing this new theoretical notion with the extant notion of stigma, we suggest that while both are mechanisms compensating for imperfect information, stigma
entails weaker association to failure and hence ‘taints with a broader brush’ compared to blame’s ‘pointed brush’.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2018
StatusUdgivet - 2018
BegivenhedStrategic Management Society - Paris, Frankrig
Varighed: 22. sep. 201825. sep. 2018

Konference

KonferenceStrategic Management Society
LandFrankrig
ByParis
Periode22/09/201825/09/2018

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Nowinska, A., Andersen, K. V., & Lorenzen, M. (2018). The Broad vs. the Pointed Brush: Status Change, Stigma and Blame Following Fast Organizational Failure. Afhandling præsenteret på Strategic Management Society, Paris, Frankrig.
Nowinska, Agnieska ; Andersen, Kristina Vaarst ; Lorenzen, Mark. / The Broad vs. the Pointed Brush : Status Change, Stigma and Blame Following Fast Organizational Failure. Afhandling præsenteret på Strategic Management Society, Paris, Frankrig.
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2018. Afhandling præsenteret på Strategic Management Society, Paris, Frankrig.

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaperForskningpeer review

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