ERIC Number: EJ741507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Survivors of Downsizing: Helpful and Hindering Experiences
Amundson, Norman E.; Borgen, William A.; Jordan, Sharalyn; Erlebach, Anne C.
Career Development Quarterly, v52 n3 p256-271 Mar 2004
Thirty-one downsizing survivors from both the private and public sector were interviewed to determine incidents that either helped or hindered their transition through 1 or more organizational downsizings. A critical incident technique was used to analyze and organize the data around themes that emerged, themes were represented by both positive and negative incidents and were grouped using transition phases. Results support and add new detail and insight into topics developed in previous studies. Implications are discussed for organizations' handling of downsizing or restructuring as well as reducing negative and enhancing positive influences and events. Counseling recommendations are offered for easing survivors through the transition. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Private Sector, Public Sector, Interviews, Job Layoff, Organizational Change, Critical Incidents Method, Organization Size (Groups), Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Psychological Patterns, Emotional Response, Emotional Adjustment, Vocational Adjustment, Coping, Counseling, Dislocated Workers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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