Purpose-driven improvisation during organisational shocks: case narrative of three critical organisations and Typhoon Haiyan

Eula Bianca Villar, Francesc Miralles

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Disasters often produce elements of shock that may render pre-established plans for action limited or otherwise inapplicable to the current situation. Improvisation is considered to be a common response among organisations that operate in such turbulent environments. Despite the prevalence of such plans for action, existing research is reticent with regard to the processes concerning how improvisation relates to pre-established organisational goals. This study explores how improvisation can be employed by organisations to attain specific objectives, amidst the emergent nature of the initiative. Using case study narratives of three small organisations that were critical to the response after Typhoon Haiyan struck Leyte, Philippines, in November 2013, the paper demonstrates that improvisation can be absorbed as a conscious mechanism that can aid the attainment of pre-established goals. Furthermore, it conceptualises the buffering effect of improvisation to elucidate the process via which it purposefully directs an organisation to preserve and fulfil its aims.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)477-497
Nombre de pàgines21
RevistaDisasters
Volum45
Número2
DOIs
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - d’abr. 2021

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