HRM Division Seminar Series
Staying Aboard a Sinking Ship
Staying Aboard a Sinking Ship: The Role of Firm Ethicality and Employee Commitment in Failing Organisations, delivered by Dr Gary Brown, University of Liverpool.
- From: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 1 pm
- To: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 2 pm
- Location: N51, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Staying Aboard a Sinking Ship: The Role of Firm Ethicality and Employee Commitment in Failing Organisations.
The article explores the meanings attached to uncertainty, exploitation and ethical dilemmas in a professional service firm (PSF) as it entered a period of demise and eventual closure. Drawing from detailed interviews and observations, we examine the discursive resources to feature in participant accounts, demonstrating how although organisational uncertainty arising from precarious market conditions was significant, increasing individuals' exposure to corporate and client demands, reducing professional autonomy, and heightening personal insecurities, an ethicality-of-firm discourse counteracted negative effects, enabling employees to craft positive accounts of self and of firm. Implications are that, even in failing temporary organisations, and despite potential catastrophic outcomes for careers, individuals may compromise personal career aims where firms articulate and embrace strong moral codes.
About the author:
Dr Gary Brown is a lecturer in Management and Subject Group Director of Education at the University of Liverpool. Gary's current research interests focus on three main themes: identity and self-positioning at work; precariousness in professional services firms; and, the merits and limitations of dual interviewing methodology. His work in these areas draws variously upon traditional and contemporary anthropology, ethnography, and aspects of cultural theory.
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