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Dynamic stability: unfolding dynamics of vicious cycles in a design firm

Dynamic stability: unfolding dynamics of vicious cycles in a design firm
Dynamic stability: unfolding dynamics of vicious cycles in a design firm
Paradoxes generate tensions and contradictions in organizations. In this paper, we contribute to the paradox literature by developing a complex systems approach to how organizational members experience tensions generated by the strategic intent paradox. Specifically, we focus on the unfolding dynamics of vicious cycles experienced by organizations dealing with paradox. Drawing on a case study of a design firm, we demonstrate how a vicious cycle forms through feedback loops and develops dynamic stability over time. Based on our findings, we develop a micro-level understanding of vicious cycles which incorporates defence mechanisms at staff and senior management levels. Our main contribution is a theoretical model of unfolding dynamics of vicious cycle. Our model shows the importance of 1) feedback loops that underpin a vicious cycle and; 2) importance of circular causality, reinforcing cycles, and micro-mechanisms in theorizing vicious cycles.
Case study, Design firms, Dynamics, Ethnography, Paradox, Vicious cycles
0263-2373
Lalaounis, Sotiris
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Nayak, Ajit
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Lalaounis, Sotiris
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Nayak, Ajit
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Lalaounis, Sotiris and Nayak, Ajit (2021) Dynamic stability: unfolding dynamics of vicious cycles in a design firm. European Management Journal. (doi:10.1016/j.emj.2021.04.004).

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Abstract

Paradoxes generate tensions and contradictions in organizations. In this paper, we contribute to the paradox literature by developing a complex systems approach to how organizational members experience tensions generated by the strategic intent paradox. Specifically, we focus on the unfolding dynamics of vicious cycles experienced by organizations dealing with paradox. Drawing on a case study of a design firm, we demonstrate how a vicious cycle forms through feedback loops and develops dynamic stability over time. Based on our findings, we develop a micro-level understanding of vicious cycles which incorporates defence mechanisms at staff and senior management levels. Our main contribution is a theoretical model of unfolding dynamics of vicious cycle. Our model shows the importance of 1) feedback loops that underpin a vicious cycle and; 2) importance of circular causality, reinforcing cycles, and micro-mechanisms in theorizing vicious cycles.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 April 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 April 2021
Keywords: Case study, Design firms, Dynamics, Ethnography, Paradox, Vicious cycles

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Local EPrints ID: 448348
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/448348
ISSN: 0263-2373
PURE UUID: b464cc09-0320-4d27-8c0b-95cf76f99859
ORCID for Ajit Nayak: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3253-7120

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Date deposited: 20 Apr 2021 16:34
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 02:26

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Author: Sotiris Lalaounis
Author: Ajit Nayak ORCID iD

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