The aftermath of downsizing : a study of survivor syndrome for a shipping company

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The aftermath of downsizing : a study of survivor syndrome for a shipping company

 

Author: Chan, Kit-ching
Title: The aftermath of downsizing : a study of survivor syndrome for a shipping company
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1999
Subject: Downsizing of organizations -- China -- Hong Kong -- Case studies
Downsizing of organizations -- China -- Case studies
Organizational change -- China -- Hong Kong -- Psychological aspects -- Case studies
Organizational change -- China -- Psychological aspects -- Case studies
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: xi, 115 leaves : ill. ; 31 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1488729
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3072
Abstract: Downsizing has been a predominant business phenomenon since 1980; and organizations are realising the implications of this workforce reduction on their future success and survival. Downsized organizations are faced with a new challenge: to help the survivors cope with negative feelings and behaviour, the survivor syndrome. Not much research has been conducted on the topic of downsizing and even fewer on survivors, this study is to answer two research questions, "What are the salient dimensions of survivor syndrome? What are the impacts of individual differences on survivor syndrome?" The research methodology adopts both a quantitative and qualitative approach. The research findings are clear and are supported by the quantitative and qualitative findings. Analysis of questionnaires through correlation analysis has identified seven dimensions of survivor syndrome. Multiple regression analysis techniques also reveal that country, education levels, gender and marital status have statistical relationship with six out of seven dimensions of survivor syndrome. Analysis of qualitative data on open-ended questions and interviews enriches the statistical findings and gives a full picture of feelings and behaviours of survivors. This study is subject to limitations, yet it is expected to contribute to the development of theory. Additional research is recommended for better understanding and confirmation of the research findings.

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