The Broad vs. the Pointed Brush

Status Change, Stigma and Blame Following Fast Organizational Failure

Agnieska Nowinska, Kristina Vaarst Andersen, Mark Lorenzen

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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
BegivenhedDRUID Conference 2018 - Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Danmark
Varighed: 11. jun. 201813. jun. 2018
https://conference.druid.dk/Druid/?confId=57

Konference

KonferenceDRUID Conference 2018
LokationCopenhagen Business School
LandDanmark
ByCopenhagen
Periode11/06/201813/06/2018
Internetadresse

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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. 1-26. Afhandling præsenteret på DRUID Conference 2018, Copenhagen, Danmark.
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 DRUID Conference 2018, Copenhagen, Danmark.
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Nowinska, A, Andersen, KV & Lorenzen, M 2018, 'The Broad vs. the Pointed Brush: Status Change, Stigma and Blame Following Fast Organizational Failure' Paper fremlagt ved DRUID Conference 2018, Copenhagen, Danmark, 11/06/2018 - 13/06/2018, s. 1-26.

The Broad vs. the Pointed Brush : Status Change, Stigma and Blame Following Fast Organizational Failure. / Nowinska, Agnieska; Andersen, Kristina Vaarst; Lorenzen, Mark.

2018. 1-26 Afhandling præsenteret på DRUID Conference 2018, Copenhagen, Danmark.

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftPaperForskningpeer review

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