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Title: A comparative case study analysis of corporate turnaround in the UK computer industry
Author: Balgobin, Rolph N. S.
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2000
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The thesis attempts to move closer towards a general theory of corporate turnaround by advancing knowledge in a local context characterised by rapid change - the UK computer industry. With existing findings lacking explanatory power, an initial framework integrating concepts from turnaround and the resource-based view (RBV) of the firm was developed. This was then matched against the experience of purpose-selected firms (2 successful and 2 unsuccessful) to produce an empirically grounded conceptual framework which could advance holistic understanding of how and why firms succeed in recovery. The study found that the process of turnaround occurs in 4 distinct phasescrisis development, management change, transformation and stabilisation and return to growth. Successful turnaround firms have shorter periods of decline which culminate in the occurrence of a trigger cause which leads to existence threatening crisis. A turnaround is effected by replacing problematic management and through the development and implementation of a coherent, analysis-based plan by a stable turnaround team. The resources used by firms to successfully turnaround are often under the firm's control at the advent of crisis and meet specific criteria for quality. Several other factors influence the turnaround attempt, particularly the attitude of stakeholders. The perception of the nature of the crisis was also found to distinguish successful from unsuccessful firms.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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