Reference : Coordination practices in extreme situations
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Business & economic sciences : General management & organizational theory
Coordination practices in extreme situations
Bouty, Isabelle [Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense > UFR SEGMI > > >]
Godé, Cécile [Research Centre of the French Air Force (CReA), Ecole de l 'air > > > >]
Drucker-Godart, Carole [University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis > GREDEG Laboratory > > >]
Lièvre, Pascal [Clermont University and ESC Graduate School of Management > Centre de Recherche Clermontois en Gestion et Management (CRCGM) > > >]
Nizet, Jean [University of Namur > > > >]
Pichault, François mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > HEC-Ecole de Gestion de l'ULg : UER > Gestion des ressources humaines > >]
European Management Journal
Pergamon Press - An Imprint of Elsevier Science
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[en] Coordination ; Extreme situation ; Practices ; Extreme Case Studies
[en] This article addresses coordination practices in extreme situations. Whereas past literature has heavily focused on a structural and contingent approach of the phe- nomena, we argue that a practice-based approach of coordination fruitfully enhances our understanding. We draw on an abductive approach and perform a systematic compar- ative analysis of four case studies: the crew of a sailing boat engaged in a race, military air and ground forces in theater, medical staff in a neonatology unit and a polar expedition confronted with polar bears. We outline highly heterogeneous coordination practices along four dimensions (formalization, verticality, openness, and specificity). Our results lead to invalidate both a configurational and a contingent perspective on coordination. We show that despite high heterogeneity, these four attributes represent a useful frame- work for managers to leverage coordination practices produced in situ.
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