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Assistant Professor of Economics,
College of Business,
I just got home from the Roosevelt University/Franklin conference in Schaumburg. It was great! Tracy Hribar and I enjoyed the people that were in attendance and the papers presented. I have to admit, I took lots of notes on some of the presentations as they had real jewels within!
Thank you so much for making the conference possible. Tracy and I had excellent comments about our paper which you have chosen to publish in the Leadership journal!
The only thing that would have made the conference better was having you there!
Thank you so much once again.
Kristin Holmberg-Wright, Ed.D.
Distinguished Lecturer, Management and
College of Business, Economics, & Computing
University of Wisconsin
Introduction to a special issue of the Leadership and Organizational Management Journal for 2014 (Roosevelt University edition)
My interest in Organizations in Crisis began when I was a young college graduate and had worked for a few organizations that had problems that management did not seem able to solve. Of course, from the opinions of the employees, the solutions seemed obvious. Our ideas may have been superficial in many respects, but, then again, we occupied the frontline positions, dealt with customers on a daily basis, heard their complaints, and felt their and our co-workers frustrations.
As I continued my education, obtained an MBA and a Ph.D., my understanding about organizations was enhanced by the opportunity to study with two scholars of the first order. William Starbuck and Paul Nystrom were in the midst of their research on Organizations and had just published the Handbook of Organization Design when I arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to begin my doctoral studies. Their seminal article “To Avoid Organizational Crises, Unlearn” was about to be published in the spring 1984 issue of Organizational Dynamics. It, other articles, and seminars with both Bill and Paul opened my eyes to the causes and possible solutions for organizational crises.
Discussions with many students and fellow professors on organizational crises at my university resulted in research and papers that prod and provoke further research. My Organizational Theory class involves a major research paper for our graduate management and H.R. students. During recent years, the topic of an Organization in Crisis provided the student authors a basis to challenge their thought patterns and opinions of how the organizational world operates.
Recently, discussions with Ludwig Otto, publisher of the Franklin Publishing, resulted in the first Roosevelt University-Franklin Publishing co-sponsored business conference held at RU in September of 2013. One session of the conference highlighted Organizations in Crises. Two of the papers presented there can be found along with six other papers within this issue. Seven of the papers represent the thinking of my former graduate students with the remaining paper written by one of our senior professors, Thomas Head. I believe that each of these papers offers insights to the topic that are worthy of discussion. I hope that you will enjoy them and look for further research on such an important topic.
Thank you for your time in reading the following,
Ralph Haug, Ph.D.; SPHR, Associate Professor of Strategic Management,
Heller College of Business, Roosevelt University, Schaumburg, Illinois
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