Handbook of Research on Management Ideas and Panaceas
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Handbook of Research on Management Ideas and Panaceas

Adaptation and Context

Edited by Anders Örtenblad

Over time management ideas and panaceas have been presented alternately as quick fix cures for all corporate ills and the emperor’s new clothes, beset by flaws and problems. This Handbook provides a different approach, suggesting that management ideas and panaceas should not be either adopted or rejected outright, but gives guidance in the art of assessing and applying management ideas and panaceas to various situations and contexts.
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Chapter 17: When a managerial panacea was translated rationally: the case of corporatization in the Swedish state-owned mail enterprise

Carina Abrahamson Löfström


This chapter describes what happened over time in five different hierarchical positions after a corporatization reform initiative in the Swedish state-owned mail enterprise. The study shows that the corporatization panacea was translated, as opposed to using other solutions such as instant implementation, decoupling or rejection. It was also evident that the different actors within the organization rationally calculated the appropriateness of the panacea, depending on which options they perceived in their specific contexts. Likewise, the translations changed over time. Based on the findings, the chapter ends with some recommendations for those who intend to introduce a management panacea (top-down or bottom-up) in such a way that it can be adapted as smoothly as possible within the organization.

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