A contingency analysis of precarious organizational temporariness

Karmowska, Joanna, Child, John and James, Philip ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1500-9468 (2017) A contingency analysis of precarious organizational temporariness. British Journal of Management, 28 (2) . pp. 213-230. ISSN 1045-3172 [Article] (doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12185)

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This paper extends our 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 our 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.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 20225
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Karmowska, J. , Child, J. and James, P. (2017), A Contingency Analysis of Precarious Organizational Temporariness. Brit J Manage, 28: 213-230. doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12185, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12185. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html#terms).
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Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 15:19
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 21:00
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/20225

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