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dc.contributor.authorMuurlink, Olaven_US
dc.contributor.authorWilkinson, Adrianen_US
dc.contributor.authorPeetz, Daviden_US
dc.contributor.authorTownsend, Keithen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T13:05:02Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T13:05:02Z
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.date.modified2014-08-28T05:04:07Z
dc.identifier.issn10453172en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-8551.2011.00790.xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/41896
dc.description.abstractThe global financial crisis had a sharply asymmetrical impact on the Australian economy, with a minority of firms growing rapidly during 2005-2010. These gazelle firms experienced internal stress - often positive stress or eustress - parallel to macroeconomic shocks, and these internal stresses were largely independent of external factors. Staw, Sandelands and Dutton's heavily cited threat-rigidity theory ('Threat rigidity effects in organizational behavior: a multilevel analysis', Administrative Science Quarterly, 26, pp. 501-552, 1981) suggests that, when exposed to threat, either internal or external, decision-makers respond conservatively, adhering to previously learned solutions rather than responding innovatively. This study examines five young gazelle firms, established just prior to the economic downturn. It explores management responses to internal and external threats and suggests that rigidity plays a role as an independent variable as well as a consequence of crisis. Drawing on the literature on resilience of individuals in the face of trauma, the study finds that autistic managerial response in approaches to performance management in emerging firms during a crisis is likely to produce additional stress. The paper suggests an organizational model for response to stressors based on Lazarus and Folkman's cognitive appraisal model (Stress, Appraisal, and Coping. Berlin: Springer, 1984).en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefromS74en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagetoS87en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissueS1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBritish Journal of Managementen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume23en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHuman Resources Managementen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode150305en_US
dc.titleManagerial Autism: Threat-Rigidity and Rigidity's Threaten_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2012
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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