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Organizing in the Face of Risk and Threat

Edited by Barbara Czarniawska, Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Professor of Management Studies, GRI, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Barbara Czarniawska is a distinguished scholar and author in the field of organization. Drawing on her extensive knowledge she has gathered together other leading experts to apply organization theory to yet another relevant field of practice – risk management.
Extent: 192 pp
Hardback Price: $127.00 Web: $114.30
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84844 444 7
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Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 799 8
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Barbara Czarniawska is a distinguished scholar and author in the field of organization. Drawing on her extensive knowledge she has gathered together other leading experts to apply organization theory to yet another relevant field of practice – risk management.

There are no prescriptions for organizing in the face of risk and threat, but the accumulating experience shows that a well-rehearsed improvisation brings much better results than planning and construction of formal organizations. This timely book contains cases of risk and threat where the former strategy succeeds and the latter fails. The wealth of cases presented includes the Marburg virus outbreak in Angola, bird flu, health insurance after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and the Tjörn bridge catastrophe in Sweden.

Graduate and postgraduate students in business and management schools, as well as academics teaching courses in risk management across disciplines should not be without this book. Risk management specialists will also find this book invaluable.
Contributors: B. Czarniawska, A. Diedrich, T. Engberg, U. Eriksson-Zetterquist, E. Gustavsson, K. Lindberg, L. Norén, D. Renemark, L. Walter, P. Zackariasson
Contents:

1. Introduction: Action Nets
Barbara Czarniawska

2. Risk and Organizing – The Growth of a Research Field
Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist

3. Marburg Virus, or a Story of Preparedness
Andreas Diedrich

4. Bird Flu – Threat or Opportunity?
Kajsa Lindberg

5. Welfare Services – An Area for Risk Management?
Lars Norén

6. Adventure Tourism: Making Risk Safe
Eva Gustavsson

7. A Net of Actions in the Tracks of Storm Gudrun
David Renemark

8. The Tjörn Bridge Catastrophe – On Building a New Bridge Out of an Old One
Lars Walter

9. Small Time Breaks
Tobias Engberg

10. The Aesthetic Threat
Peter Zackariasson

11. Conclusions: Plans or Well-Practiced Improvisations?
Barbara Czarniawska

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