Environmental Change, Human Resources and Organizational Turnaround

29 Pages Posted: 27 May 2009

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George Boyne

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Kenneth J. Meier

American University; Cardiff University; Leiden University - Institute of Public Administration

Abstract

Research on turnaround has largely focused on the impact of retrenchment and repositioning, and has paid less attention to the impact of changes in the task environment and human resources on recovery from decline. Moreover, all of the empirical research on turnaround has been conducted on private organizations. We develop a new model that is derived from theories of environmental and human resource effects on organizational performance. We apply this model to failing school districts in Texas, and find that turnaround is influenced by changes in the munificence and complexity of task environments, and the appointment of a new chief executive and front-line staff.

Suggested Citation

Boyne, George and Meier, Kenneth J., Environmental Change, Human Resources and Organizational Turnaround. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 46, Issue 5, pp. 835-863, July 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1410334 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2008.00813.x

George Boyne (Contact Author)

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Kenneth J. Meier

American University ( email )

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Cardiff University ( email )

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Leiden University - Institute of Public Administration ( email )

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Netherlands

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