The paper examines effects of executives' orientations on crisis management awareness and practices, drawing on the simplicity and paradox management theories. It is suggested that a focus on single-sided management constitutes an antecedent of crisis proneness. Employing a set of key corporate domains and based on a holistic organizational approach, the study aims at assessing the extent to which companies are crisis prone or prepared. In a sample of 82 Istaeli business and not-for-profit organizations it was found that human resource management, strategy, structure, and unlearning factors significantly predicted crisis preparedness. These results suggest that unlearning, despite a mere allusion to this correlate in the simplicity and paradox management theories, correlates better with crisis preparedness. By contrast, traditional strategy-related and structural effects were marginally related to crisis management policies. Implications and suggestions for further research are proposed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business and International Management
- Strategy and Management
- Management of Technology and Innovation