Organizational Complexity Attributes and Performance during Economic Shocks: An Activity System View

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Abstract

This study extends both complexity literature and research on exogenous shocks by examining how firms' ex-ante complexity attributes influence immediate and long-term performance in the presence of specific environmental stimuli and whether this effect varies according to type of stimulus. Taking a sample of publicly-traded U.S. bank hold-ing companies, and drawing on the activity systems view of the firm, we propose that three system-wide complexity attributes- (1) concentration, (2) task complexity, and (3) opacity of activities-influence performance outcomes after exogenous shocks. We propose that those effects differ by type of shock, i.e. whether the shock relaxes (deregulation) or tightens environmental constraints (market shock) and study the Gramm-Leach-Bliley-Act in 1999 and the financial crisis with the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008 respectively. We find partial support for our hypotheses.

Authors Oh, Lyndon; Kreutzer, Markus & Lechner, Christoph
Language English
Keywords exogenous shocks, complexity, adaptation
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Responsible Corporate Competitiveness (RoCC)
Refereed Yes
Date 4 August 2014
Publisher Academy of Management
Page Range 40
Title of Book Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings. 2014
Event Title 74th Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2014 "The Power of Words"
Event Location Philadelphia, PA
Event Dates 01-05.08.2014
ISSN 0065-0668
Publisher DOI 10.5465/AMBPP.2014.11466abstract
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Markus Kreutzer
Date Deposited 22 Apr 2014 21:01
Last Modified 26 Jan 2018 13:25
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/231213

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Oh, Lyndon; Kreutzer, Markus & Lechner, Christoph: Organizational Complexity Attributes and Performance during Economic Shocks: An Activity System View. 2014. - 74th Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2014 "The Power of Words". - Philadelphia, PA.

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