A Contingency Analysis of Precarious Organizational Temporariness

18 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2017

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Joanna Karmowska

Oxford Brookes University - Department of Business Management

John Child

University of Plymouth - Plymouth Business School

Philip James

Middlesex University - Business School

Date Written: April 2017

Abstract

This paper extends current understanding of organizational temporariness. The life of a temporary British trade union branch established to recruit Eastern European migrant workers reveals ‘precarious temporariness’, which is less predictable than the ‘planned temporariness’ typically portrayed in the literature. This different type of temporariness was associated with four key contingencies affecting the branch: dispersed governance; bottom‐up initiatives; uncertain resourcing; and an effectuation logic. Analysis of the case extends existing understanding of organizational temporariness and points to an extension of existing theorizing by highlighting the contingent nature of temporariness. The broader managerial implication of the findings is that, for projects facing contingencies of the kind studied, the conventional linear approach of target setting and performance management will be less effective than an ongoing process of communication and consultation.

Suggested Citation

Karmowska, Joanna and Child, John and James, Philip, A Contingency Analysis of Precarious Organizational Temporariness (April 2017). British Journal of Management, Vol. 28, Issue 2, pp. 213-230, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2946520 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12185

Joanna Karmowska (Contact Author)

Oxford Brookes University - Department of Business Management ( email )

Wheatley
Oxford
United Kingdom

John Child

University of Plymouth - Plymouth Business School ( email )

Mast House
Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA
United Kingdom

Philip James

Middlesex University - Business School ( email )

The Burroughs
London, NW4 4BT
United Kingdom

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