Explanations of Success and Failure in Management Learning: What Can We Learn From Nokia’s Rise and Fall?

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

We study the changing explanations of success and failure over the course of a firm’s history, building on a discursive approach that highlights the role of narrative attributions in making sense of corporate performance. Specifically, we analyze how the Nokia Corporation was framed first as a success and later as a failure and how these dimensions of performance were explained in various actors’ narrative accounts. In both the success and failure accounts, our analysis revealed a striking black-and-white picture that resulted in the institutionalization of Nokia’s metanarratives of success and failure. Our findings also reveal a number of discursive attributional tendencies, and thus, warn of the cognitive and politically motivated biases that are likely to characterize management literature.

Authors Laamanen, Tomi; Lamberg, Juha-Antti & Vaara, Eero
Journal or Publication Title Academy of Management learning & education : AMLE
Language English
Subjects business studies
social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area None
Refereed Yes
Date 1 November 2015
Publisher Academy of Management
Place of Publication Briarcliff Manor, NY
Volume 15
Number 1
Page Range 2-25
ISSN 1537-260X
ISSN-Digital 1944-9585
Publisher DOI 10.5465/amle.2013.0177
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Tomi Laamanen
Date Deposited 27 Feb 2018 15:16
Last Modified 30 Aug 2019 11:27
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/253777

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Laamanen, Tomi; Lamberg, Juha-Antti & Vaara, Eero (2015) Explanations of Success and Failure in Management Learning: What Can We Learn From Nokia’s Rise and Fall? Academy of Management learning & education : AMLE, 15 (1). 2-25. ISSN 1537-260X

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